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Unison East Ayrshire response to EAC budget

Cumnock Chronicle features Unison branch response . Read front page here

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unison early years workers meeting

Meeting at Greenholm Street at 5.30 Monday 15th  for Unison members in early years – meeting had to be cancelled due to illness . New date to be advised.

Get your MEP to give Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) the boot

This bright idea for free (as opposed to fair) trade is just what multinationals want. Yet another chance to reduce pay and conditions in Europe by opening up trade to outside multinationals.

Incredibly , TTIP allows firms to take countries to court if actions could affect their profits. this could be a restriction on cigarette marketing .

It could even be an improvement on workers rights that gets a country sued.

There is no jury to protect us, as cases are heard by corporate lawyers , and no country or elected body has a veto.

Well except your MEP’s that is. Get hold of your MEP’s  , and tell them that all you want for Christmas is them to vote down TTIP in the European parliament.

If they don’t Scrooge will make a comeback with interest.

You are more political than you think – political fund voted in again

East Ayrshire Branch welcomes vote of membership to keep the political funds .

The GPF is a unique unaffiliated political fund and there is a number of important campaigns funded by it to the long term benefit of unison members.

What’s political?

The best way to define this is to list the kind of campaigns that the union could not have mounted without a political fund.

  • improving employment rights, including paid holidays, rights for agency workers – and building support to stamp out zero hours contract abusespromoting and defending public services through Scotland’s Public Works campaign
  • lobbying and campaigning against outsourcing and privatisation, including the victory in Edinburgh
  • campaigning for fairer pay through the Worth It campaign
  • fighting racism and discrimination, including our successful fight against the BNP
  • defending pensions
  • getting legislation for more equality including through public sector equalities duties
  • extending coverage of the Scottish Living Wage and getting this issue up the political agenda in the Scottish Parliament and in public sector agencies and the Third Sector.
  • UNISON Scotland support for the People’s Assembly and we have contributed to a new campaigning guide issued by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity Scotland.

UNISON Scotland responses to consultations conducted by the Scottish Parliament are in part resourced from the Political Fund and have included:

Appointments to Public Bodies
Building Standards
Careers Service
Energy & Fuel Poverty
Environment
Equality
Ethical Standards m Finance
Freedom of Information
Health & Community Care
Housing
Justice
Lobbying
PPP/PFI
Regulation of Care.

More about UNISON’s Unique Political Fund

Following a ballot of all members in 1995, UNISON uniquely decided to have a political fund with two sections. Following a ballot in March 2005, 85% of those who voted said Yes to continue the fund, which will allow UNISON to continue campaigning in the political arena, including the current campaign to defend public sector pensions.

The General Political Fund (GPF) which finances political campaigns in the wider public arena. It is not affiliated to any political party – is used for general campaigning, for example the long campaign for a Scottish Parliament. A branch can access these funds when it needs to run campaigns concerning political decisions.

The Affiliated Political Fund (APF) or LabourLink finances our affiliation to the Labour Party.

Members individually choose which fund to contribute to. They can also decide to opt out of any political levy or contribute to both funds.

Credit Unions – not Pay Day Loans

Members should be aware that there are local Credit unions and Unison also provides access to a credit union. Pay day loan companies charge high interest rates.

Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) 2015

The LGPS changes again in April 2015. The Westminster government outlawed final salary pension schemes and we now have a Career average Re-evaluated earnings scheme .

Check out the web site here .

International – Bhopal 30 years on

It is now 30 years since the Union Carbide in Bhopal, India, killed many locals who lived beside their factory . See Unison Scotland’s web site for a report of our health and safety and international convenors visit. Commemoration in Edinburgh on 3rd December 2014.