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Scotland's biggest and liveliest public service trade union, representing workers delivering public and related services across Scotland.
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    Since 2006, UNISON Scotland has carried out an annual survey of assaults to public sector workers by issuing a Freedom of Information request to all employers of UNISON members in the public sector.  The 2014 survey was carried out from August to October 2014 using e-mail addresses. Our analysis of the figures received for 2014 […]

    The post Violence at Work: A Survey of UNISON employers and Staff in Scotland 2014 appeared first on UNISON Scotland.


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    UNISON Scotland is publishing today Violence at Work: A Survey of UNISON employers and Staff in Scotland 2015. It shows an increase of 1,227 assaults compared with 2014. The total recorded assaults on public sector workers in Scotland in 2015 was 38,279. This compares to 20,000 in 2006. UNISON report included a survey, to ask […]

    The post Violence at Work: A Survey of UNISON employers and Staff in Scotland 2015 appeared first on UNISON Scotland.


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  • 01/28/16--10:24: Health and Safety
  • To be effective in our fight for safe working conditions we need people in every workplace to act as advisors and watchdogs on health and safety issues. You’ll get full training and support from UNISON as well as paid time off from your employer to carry out your union role. Check out more information on […]

    The post Health and Safety appeared first on UNISON Scotland.


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    Staff at UNISON Scotland gathered to recognise International Workers Memorial Day. It is a day to remember those who have died or been injured at work. Dave Watson, head of policy and public affairs at UNISON Scotland, reminded everyone that although numbers are reducing 20 people died at work last year in Scotland and many more were injured. He also asked […]

    The post International Workers Memorial Day appeared first on UNISON Scotland.


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    #ulgc16 “Our members are experiencing intolerable increases in workloads, staffing levels are cut to the bone and morale is at rock bottom”. That was the message from Scott Donohoe, from UNISON Scotland, as he called on conference to recognise the massive impact that stress and overwork has on members and to adopt measures to support […]

    The post Stress and overwork hit activists, members and services and must be tackled appeared first on UNISON Scotland.


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    Today is international workers memorable day. It is our day to remember the dead and fight for the living. We all know someone whose life has been lost or touched by work related ill-health, incidents and accidents. Around the world one worker dies every 15 seconds. Up to 50,000 people die each year in the […]

    The post International Workers Memorial Day remember the dead fight for the living appeared first on UNISON Scotland.


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    Violence at work is a major occupational hazard for many UNISON members. Physical attacks are the most serious form of violence, but verbal abuse and threats are much more common and can have long-term health effects. This guide is produced for safety representatives and stewards in the community and voluntary sector in Scotland – who […]

    The post It’s Not Part Of The Job – A health and safety guide on tackling violence at work appeared first on UNISON Scotland.


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    Violence at work is not ‘part of the job’ says UNISON as it launches a new health and safety guide today (Thursday). UNISON, Scotland’s largest public service union, says employers are failing workers in the community and voluntary sector by viewing violence at work as inevitable. The guide – It’s Not Part of the Job […]

    The post Scotland’s employers are failing workers who face violence at work, says UNISON appeared first on UNISON Scotland.


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    Violent Assaults on Public Service Staff – UNISON Scotland Survey 2016 Since 2006, UNISON Scotland has carried out an annual survey of assaults to public sector workers by issuing a Freedom of Information (FoI) request to all employers of UNISON members in the public sector. Our analysis of the figures received for 2016 shows a […]

    The post Violence at Work: A Survey of UNISON employers and Staff in Scotland 2016 appeared first on UNISON Scotland.


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    Violent Assaults on Public Service Staff in Scotland – UNISON Survey 2017 UNISON Scotland has carried out an annual survey of assaults to public sector workers based on Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to employers of UNISON members in the public sector since 2006. We ask employers to tell us the total number of assaults which […]

    The post Violence at Work: A Survey of UNISON employers and Staff in Scotland 2017 appeared first on UNISON Scotland.


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    Public services union UNISON Scotland has called on the Scottish Government and all public service employers to take action immediately in order to tackle the “massive scale of the problem of violence against public sector workers”. UNISON’s annual Violence at Work survey published today (Friday 20 October) reveals a further increase in reported assaults on […]

    The post UNISON – rise in attacks on public service staff is ‘tip of iceberg’ appeared first on UNISON Scotland.


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    On 28 April each year – International Workers’ Memorial Day – we remember the dead and fight for the living. This year’s theme is ‘unionised workplaces are safer workplaces’. See the list of events around Scotland on the Scottish Hazards website – along with posters for each event or see the PDF list of events. […]

    The post International Workers Memorial Day 2018 remember the dead fight for the living appeared first on UNISON Scotland.


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    #stuc2018 The STUC pledged support today for trade union campaigns which champion mental health services for both adults and children in the workplace and communities. The effect of workload must be addressed, with a NASUWT survey revealing that workload is the top concern for teachers, with many reporting that the pressures are resulting in physical […]

    The post Mental health: Name and shame employers but also model good practice appeared first on UNISON Scotland.


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    Joan Lewis (above), UNISON activist, was thanked for her service to UNISON by Mike Kirby, UNISON Scottish Secretary. Joan has been a NUPE and UNISON member for 49 ½ years. Mike and Joan shared a joke about how UNISON had (and had not) changed over the years. Mike said that ‘UNISON could not do everything […]

    The post Joan Lewis is thanked for 50 years service appeared first on UNISON Scotland.


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    Violent Assaults on Public Service Staff in Scotland – UNISON Survey 2018 UNISON Scotland has carried out an annual survey

    The post Violence at Work: A Survey of UNISON employers and Staff in Scotland 2018 appeared first on UNISON Scotland.


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    Public services union UNISON has called for action from the Scottish Government to “end the aggro” faced by council and

    The post UNISON – Scottish government must act as public service workers face more than 40,000 violent incidents every year appeared first on UNISON Scotland.