Community

Representing and supporting community and voluntary sector staff

The community and voluntary sector is increasingly central to providing public services in Scotland. As part of a major review of bargaining structures in 2009, UNISON set up a new service group called ‘Community’ covering the voluntary and community sector. This recognises the importance of the services which previously came under the umbrella of local government and health.

Aberdeenshire branch has many members in the Community and Voluntary Sector working for a range of different organisations. For more information go to: UNISON Scotland Community.  See also reports in UNISON Matters

More posts on the Voluntary and Community Sector…

Update for Cornerstone UNISON members – what YOU said in the ballot

Update for Cornerstone UNISON members Please click on the graphic to see all of the comments UNISON received on the ...
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Cornerstone UNISON – fighting for fair pay for our members

UNISON understands how important a fair pay deal is to you, which is why we continue to fight to increase ...
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UNISON calls for Cornerstone management to negotiate fair pay without delay

UNISON believes that our members deserve a fair pay deal, backdated to 1st April 2018. It’s now been 35 days ...
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Cornerstone UNISON update – newsletter issued to all members

Cornerstone UNISON stewards have issued a newsletter to all members updating you on Cornerstone's decision to derecognise UNISON and what ...
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Update from UNISON on Cornerstone decision to de-recognise

Your UNISON stewards are meeting today to discuss Cornerstones shameful decision to de-recognise UNISON. We have listened to our members ...
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UNISON statement on Cornerstone decision to de-recognise.

UNISON statement on Cornerstone decision to de-recognise. Deborah Clarke, UNISON Scotland head of community, said: “UNISON was informed of this ...
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UNISON and Cornerstone to meet at ACAS

UNISON is delighted to announce that ACAS has confirmed that Cornerstone has agreed to meet with us on pay. This ...
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Cornerstone’s violence at work charter – employer and your union working together

As members know we are sharing some of the agreements reached with Cornerstone. The third agreement is the Violence at ...
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Good employers must meet Fair Work standards

Cornerstone UNISON members will remember that we are sharing some of the agreements that have been reached with Cornerstone in ...
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UNISON responds to Cornerstone Chief Executive – important read!

As Cornerstone members will know, the Cornerstone Chief Executive issued 2 communications on 12/11/18 in relation to the pay offer ...
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UNISON invites Cornerstone to ACAS talks

UNISON has emailed all its Cornerstone members to share UNISON’s letter of 31st October 2018 inviting Cornerstone to conciliation talks ...
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‘The tide is turning’ says UNISON as Scottish care workers vote overwhelmingly to reject charity’s pay offer

UNISON members working at Scottish care charity, Cornerstone, have voted by a massive 92% to reject their employer’s pay offer ...
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Just what is going on at Cornerstone?

As you will know, your UNISON Cornerstone Stewards are frustrated at how negotiations have been handled by the Cornerstone leadership ...
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Cornerstone UNISON pay ballot – don’t forget to vote by 12pm on 31st Oct

By now all Cornerstone members should have received your ballot papers in relation to Cornerstone’s pay offer for 2018/19. UNISON ...
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UNISON response to Cornerstone chief executive’s email

As promised last week, we have now prepared a full response to chief executive Edel Harris’s email. For ease of ...
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Cornerstone pay claim – Sick Pay and Turnover

As you will know, part of our pay claim for 2018/19 focused on bringing your sick pay entitlement in line ...
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Statement from UNISON Cornerstone Stewards on pay offer

Sent of behalf of UNISON Cornerstone Stewards We have been made aware of the email from Edel Harris, CEO to all staff in ...
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UNISON calls for NO vote in Cornerstone pay ballot

A ballot paper has been posted to all Cornerstone UNISON members today asking for your view on Cornerstone's pay offer ...
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Important information for Cornerstone UNISON members

We are issuing a ballot paper tonight by 1st class post seeking your views on the pay offer made by ...
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Pay protection clarity needed for team leaders & service managers

As you will remember, Cornerstone’s original vision of LCAST teams was that Team Leaders and Service Managers would have the ...
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UNISON standing up for Cornerstone support assistants

Letter to Cornerstone members from John Mooney,UNISON Scotland Area Organiser "As you will know, Cornerstone introduced the role of Support ...
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UNISON asks Who Benefits from Local Cornerstone?

Members will know that after UNISON’s initial concerns over how Local Cornerstone would be implemented, we did see how a ...
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Local Cornerstone – Groundhog Day as Cornerstone appears to revert to original position

Some time ago UNISON had to intervene when Cornerstone proposed implementing a new model of social care based on Self ...
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Please come along to Cornerstone UNISON Members’ Meetings on Pay

UNISON Cornerstone Team has posted out a newsletter to all Cornerstone members updating you on recent UNISON activity and providing ...
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UNISON seeks leave to appeal on sleep-in case

UNISON has asked the Supreme Court this week for leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal decision that care ...
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Calling everyone working in the care sector in Moray – find out what UNISON can do for you

Do you work in the care sector in Moray? Are you needing support in the workplace or in registering with ...
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UNISON training for care workers and home carers – sign up now

Are you a care worker or home carer working for the voluntary sector or for Aberdeenshire Council? Then these two ...
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North East Care Campaign Newsletter Issue No. 1

Here is the first issue of UNISON's North East Care Campaign Newsletter. In this issue you will find: SSSC registration ...
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Time for Aberdeenshire Council to adopt the Ethical Care Charter

The branch has welcomed the push from the opposition councillors to put the Ethical Care Charter back on the agenda ...
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Cornerstone signs UNISON Violence at Work Charter

The branch is please to announce that Cornerstone has signed the UNISON Violence at Work Charter. This means that Cornerstone ...
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Branch submits evidence to UNISON’s submission on the proposed Planning Bill

Aberdeenshire UNISON has contributed to UNISON Scotland's evidence to the Local Government Committee on the proposed Planning Bill. The submission ...
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UNISON Pay up Now campaign – March with us on 7th Oct for fair pay for all public service workers

UNISON's Pay up Now campaign is calling for an end to the pay restraint imposed by UK and Scottish governments ...
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Sleeping in and the minimum wage

Recent legal judgements mean that an employer who requires workers to do a sleep in at their workplace must include ...
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AGM 2017: Branch AGMs approve resources to support Volsec members

AGM home Invitation and agenda notice Aggregate Branch AGMs approve resources to support Volsec members and pledge to continue campaigning ...
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Cornerstone recognition agreement returns negotiating rights to UNISON

UNISON has signed the Joint Negotiation and Consultation Committee (JNCC) Terms of Reference: Collective Bargaining with Cornerstone. Despite having a ...
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Cornerstone News November 2016

The November 2016 newsletter for Cornerstone members ...
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Time to Care – if you work in care are you getting the Scottish Living Wage?

#TimetoCare From 1 October 2016 social care workers should be be paid £8.25 per hour. Help UNISON enforce the Living Wage ...
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Cornerstone News October 2016

The October 2016 newsletter for Cornerstone members ...
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Aberdeenshire UNISON urges home care members to tell it like it is at council meetings

Aberdeenshire UNISON is urging all our Home Care members to get along to the council's meetings, which have been set up ...
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UNISON seeks talks with management amidst concerns about new “Buddy” phones

Aberdeenshire UNISON is to meet with home care management to discuss the concerns of members in South and Central Aberdeenshire about ...
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Engaging with Health and Social Care Integration to protect members’ interests and the services they provide

Health and social care integration is both an opportunity and a threat, so it is important that UNISON branches in ...
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Branch ballots Cornerstone members on 1% pay offer

The Branch has issued ballot papers to all Cornerstone members to seek their views on a 1% pay offer, backdated ...
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Cornerstone members accept improved settlement

Following a further consultation with UNISON members in Cornerstone, on an improved deal negotiated with management, which will include an ...
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