Education issues in Aberdeenshire UNISON
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.
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. It also issues a
newsletter twice a year. 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.
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.
In 2004 nursery nurse members took industrial action in support
of a pay claim which resulted in a pay rise backdated 2 years.
In Dec 2006, the branch brought together teaching support staff
members in a meeting to hear members'
issues and held meetings again
in 2007 to inform these members of the Equal
Opportunities Commission Report into the pay and status of classroom
assistants, sponsored by UNISON. It has submitted equal pay claims
on behalf of classroom assistants and is supporting a number to
appeal their single status mapping.
The branch has also recently submitted responses to modernisation
reviews on behalf of techical and janitorial staff in schools and
community learning staff.