National Local Government Service Group
14th-15th June in Glasgow
Join together and fight to protect public services and public service workers
|Ann and Kate listen to the debate
Click here for reports of the Scottish speakers
Local Government Conference was all about the protection of public services and public service workers as delegates heard horror stories of the impact of the cuts on our members and on the people to whom they provide services.
We heard that huge numbers of our members are not paid the living wage and many are struggling to survive on low pay, insecure employment and zero hours contracts.
The effect of the cuts has meant that those in work are having to do more with less, affecting their work life balance with many going off with stress. Austerity has also had an impact on health and safety at work, and has had a huge impact on equalities with gains for women, black, disabled and LGBT workers being eroded daily. Young people have taken a terrible hit with unemployment higher amongst the 16-25 year olds that in any other age group.
There was a call for unity - for us all to join together and fight the ideologically driven austerity of the Tory Government, which is decimating public services and forcing more and more people into poverty.
None of the Scottish motions were prioritised and neither was our branch motion on pay. The only one of our branch to speak at this conference was Susan Kennedy who spoke on behalf of the Service Group Executive on dealing with violence in schools.
Zero tolerance, training and involving staff are key to dealing with violence in schools
Local Government Conference heard the problems of challenging behaviour in schools from the front line as two Scotland delegates brought their experience to the debate.
Who's who and what's what?
Service group conferences bring together members across the country
doing similar kinds of jobs or working for the same kinds of employers.
Our branch's service group is local government. It has its conference
just before the National Conference and in the same venue.
The branch is entitled to send three delegates to this conference
and must have regard to proportionality in line with the gender
balance etc in the branch. We tend to have the same delegation
as the Delegate Conference because of the distance to travel and
the fact that one conference follows on from the other.
The Branch delegation to this year's Local Government Conference
in Glasgow was agreed at the Branch Committee and is:
Branch Chair and Comms Officer
|Ann Gray, Steward and Treasurer
Delegates: Two regional delegates are elected each year from
the Scottish Local Government Committee. They speak to Scotland's
motions and amendments and they keep Scottish delegates right
about conference matters. We are very pleased that for the fifth
year in a row, our branch secretary, Inez Teece has been elected
as regional delegate, along with Scott Donohoe, from Glasgow Branch.
Service Group Executive (SGE): Assistant Branch Secretary, Susan Kennedy is an elected member of the ruling body for UNISON's Local Government Service Group, and she will take her place on the stage during this conference and will speak on behalf of the SGE. We wish Susan well for her second conference in this role.
Motions are passed by a straight majority of the conference
delegates on a hand vote. If it is close, conference delegates
or the chair of conference can call for a card vote. The number
of card votes per delegation is based on the number of members
in the branch.
Our branch submitted one motion to the Conference Agenda this
year. The motion was approved at the Branch Committee in January and
is titled "Pay 2015/16 Getting the message across." Unfortunately it did not make it on to the final Agenda though the issues are included in other motions so delegates may get the chance to speak in the debate on these topics.
As delegates we will vote on the motions and the rule changes
in line with branch policy, where we have that in place and we
can speak for or against any of the motions, amendments and rule