To make sure all our members have a voice in the union, UNISON members have set up 'self-organised groups' to provide a voice for people who are traditionally under represented. UNISON has groups at national, regional and local level for women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members, black members and disabled members. These groups are designed to be self-organising but also integral to the union's structures.

Unison Scotland Womens' Organisation http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/women/index.html

Scottish Black Members' Group http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/blackmembers/index.html

Scottish Disabled Members' Group http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/disabled/index.html

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Members' Group http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/lgbt/index.html
**************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

Some links that may be of interest to any of you aware of Fair Pay Fortnight:-

Dave Prentis - The pay policy pressure cooker http://labourlist.org/2014/03/the-pay-policy-pressure-cooker

UNISON’s Karen Jennings on why It's time to be bold on the Living Wage: http://bit.ly/1knhByX  

Why low wages are bad for workers, services &  the economy  http://publicworksscotland.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/fair-pay-fortnight.html

UNISON’s Sara Gorton, Outsourcing: joke has always been on the workers http://www.leftfootforward.org/2014/03/outsourcing-the-joke-has-always-been-on-the-workers/


Tackling the productivity orthodoxy to boost pay http://www.leftfootforward.org/2014/03/tackling-the-productivity-orthodoxy-to-boost-pay/

Guy Collis on Ending exploitation, improving care quality http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2014/04/social-care-ending-exploitation-improving-care-quality/

Christina McAnea on Hunt’s pay plan DUD - Divisive, Unfair, Disingenuous http://labourlist.org/2014/04/divisive-unfair-disingenuous-why-jeremy-hunts-pay-plan-is-a-dud/

*******************************************************************************************************************************************************************************
For any of you who are active supporters of tha Scottish Labour Party the following link may be of interest www.unison-scotland.org.uk/labourlink/index.html
**************************************************************************************************************************************************************************
The Peoples' Charter was launched in response to the current economic crisis and sets out six simple progressive steps that many people believe would bring about a farier and more jsut society.  Find out more information here or visit here to view and sign the petition.    

**************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

Turn2us offer advice on welfare beneifts and grants based on your individual and particular needs or circumstances. The site is easy to navigate, is free and contains a lot of useful information.  Turn2us are a registered charity.

**************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

http://www.equalmarriage.org.uk/takeaction

**************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

Click here for UIA insurance offers (Home, travel, pet etc) exclusive to Unison members.            

******************************************************************************************

        UNISON Urgent Action No 53 – Bahrain

 Write to the Bahraini authorities and tell them to release trade union leaders, imprisoned for calling for reform

 On 21 October an appeal court upheld the guilty verdicts against the Bahraini Teachers’ Association (BTA) leaders, Mahdi Abu Dheeb and Jalila al-Salman, but reduced their prison sentences to five years and six months respectively. Mahdi and Jalila, respectively President and Vice-President of BTA, were arrested in 2011 after supporting calls for reform in Bahrain. Whilst in detention they were subjected to torture and forced to sign “confessions”.

In September 2011, a military court convicted them of attempting to overthrow the ruling system by force and inciting hatred of the regime. The report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry last year found that the authorities had grossly exaggerated, if not manufactured, many claims brought against thousands of ordinary people who had been caught up in the February 2011 Arab Spring protests. Mahdi and Jalila’s only “crime” was to have the temerity to promote respect for the values of solidarity, equality and democracy.

LabourStart and Education International have set up a campaign calling for justice. In their action they appealed directly to fellow trade unionists saying: “We need you to increase pressure on the Bahraini Government to respect human and trade union rights. EI calls on authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Mahdi, to ensure that Jalila does not serve any of her remaining sentence, and to drop all charges against them.”

Please sign the action and spread the word.

What you can do

1)  Click here to sign the LabourStart urgent action

2)  Forward the email to your members/contacts encouraging them to sign the petition

3)  Encourage others to subscribe to receive urgent actions www.unison.org.uk/international/solidarity.asp 

 Urgent Action No 53 – Bahrain  

 In Solidarity

UNISON international

 Follow us:-

www.unison.org.uk/international

www.facebook.com/pages/UNISON-International/242756212467900