Education Issues

UNISON is the largest union in Scotland’s education service, and new developments in UNISON Scotland’s structure are planned to ensure that we expand our effectiveness and our profile in the service. Our new Education Issues Group has representatives from across Scotland and across the wide occupational diversity that UNISON represents. Click here for some articles relating to education staff.

UNISON has a great many members in the education sector, supporting the education of our children. These members include nursery nurses, classroom assistants and support for learning auxiliaries, janitors, technicians, community learning staff and admin staff. All have a key role to play in the teaching and learning of children throughout their school lives.

However, UNISON is aware that these staff do not always get the recognition they deserve for the work that they do. Even though they are generally valued by pupils, parents and often teachers, their pay and status remains a long way behind teaching staff.

At Scottish level, UNISON Scotland has set up an Educational Issues Group which meets every 3 months. If you work in education and would like to be a branch rep on the Educational Issues Group, contact the UNISON Resource Centre. Click here to email.

MSP briefing on educationEducation in Scotland is delivered by a whole range of people not just lecturers and teachers. UNISON represents the majority of these vital education staff. In this paper UNISON lays out key strategies to help our members improve the delivery of education in Scotland. (pdf)

Over the past few years the branch too, has been working hard with and on behalf of members in the education sector.

NOTE: In 2004 nursery nurse members took industrial action in support of a pay claim which resulted in a pay rise backdated 2 years. See the history on the UNISON Scotland archive site.

Education issues

Aberdeenshire UNISON to visit school support staff “You support children, we’ll support you”

UNISON will visit schools across the authority to meet with school support staff to discuss issues affecting Nursery Nurses, PSAs ...
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Branch AGM says “We’re Worth it”

Members at the 2014 AGM threw their weight behind actions to protect members in the workplace and to support their ...
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Branch to review policy on the administration of medications by PSAs at AGM in Feb. Come along and have your say.

Aberdeenshire branch will be putting together a motion for our Branch AGM (Wednesday 26th February at 7pm, Kintore Arms, Inverurie) ...
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Branch celebrates School Support Staff

On November 29th Meldrum Academy, working in partnership with UNISON, celebrated all School Support Staff. During the day both teaching ...
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A Class Act – Aberdeenshire UNISON celebrates the “unsung heroes” in our schools

On Friday 29th November the Branch will be celebrating all school support staff, as part of UNISON’s National Day of ...
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