Aberdeenshire UNISON

UNISON Scotland central to campaign for level playing field for voluntary and community sector

The situation in respect of Cornerstone's pay award has highlighted once again the impact on staff and services because of how these services are funded.

UNISON has been central, via the STUC, to getting agreement between the voluntary sector and trade unions on a set of campaigning points to take to the Scottish Government and CoSLA.

UNISON Scotland has joined with the STUC, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), TGWU/Unite and Community Care Providers, Scotland (CCPS), to pledge a joint campaign to secure

  • a commitment by public sector purchasers to fund wages and conditions of employment for front line workers in the community and voluntary sector at the same level as those in the public sector
  • Five year contracts for community and voluntary sector providers to replace the current short-term funding arrangements
  • Improvements in commissioning and competitive tendering to ensure high quality services
  • A national contract framework covering the key principles of commissioning and funding to be agreed between the Scottish Government, purchasers and providers.

"These measures will hopefully ensure a more level playing field for this sector and will reduce the pressure to drive down pay, conditions and therefore the quality of services," said Bob Revie, Branch Secretary.

For more information on this campaign, click here.