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Your N30 – Take a moment to tell the world

23 Nov

Let’s make November 30th a day to remember.


If you’re taking action to defend your pension that day, we want to know.

Tell Unite all about it – then we can tell the world.

Send us a text from your workplace, picket line or town centre.  Let us know about the atmosphere, the turnout, even the weather.  Tell us what is going on. Or if you’re not on strike, send a message of support.

Your messages will be broadcast live on Unite’s website.  It will be a vivid record of a fantastic day for working people the length and breadth of the country.

It is easy to tell the world. Just TEXT it into 86888 (don’t worry; it’s free!).   Or send your pictures to

You can find your nearest event below.

You can also follow @UniteScotland and @N30Scotland on twitter, and use the #N30 hashtag to share your experiences.

What you’re saying:


The Governments’ Pension Plans to make people pay more to receive a smaller pension are a slap in the face to a hard working public sector workforce that do not get benefits the private sector do in bonuses and share offers and wage increases. It is a typical Tory knee jerk reaction to try and solve problems by taking from the many who earn the least and not from those who evade taxes through loopholes.
The government is risking putting many people into further financial difficulty by making them pay more for their pensions now and to worsen it later by paying them less for their pensions when they retire.

Also in making people work longer before they can retire they are not opening jobs to the next generation who would be coming into the workforce on a starting salary which will cost the government more and keep unemployment figures higher.

I am standing up for my fellow workers and will be taking annual leave to stand shoulder to shoulder with fellow union members in the march to the Scottish Parliament to fight this injustice.

– Tom Fegan, Edinburgh


“I don’t believe the financial crisis to be a political issue. It is simply that the people who were meant to look after the money got greedy and the rest of us are being expected to pay for it. If I hadn’t managed my money would the bankers have bailed me out? – No. I will defend my less than ‘gold plated’ pension which amounts to less than £5,000 per annum all the way.”

 – Jacky, Unite Workplace Rep from Kirriemuir 

 I wish you every success for your struggle. Now It’s time for all of us to fight to protect social rights and democracy. Solidarity from Greece. Our minds and hearts are always with you.

– Evangelos Lagos, Greece


@N30Scotland on twitter



#N30 Hashtag on twitter



Unite votes YES to public sector strike action on November 30th

17 Nov

Delegates to the STUC Women's Congress support the day of action

Unite members in Scotland have strongly endorsed the public sector strike action scheduled for 30 November in ballot results announced today. 74% of local authority workers and 80.5% of those in the NHS voted in favour of taking industrial action. Unite members will join millions of fellow public sector workers on a day of action that will challenge the Coalition Government’s assault on public sector pensions, and on living conditions for working people.

The vote for strike action heaps further pressure on the government to rethink its plans to force public sector workers to pay more and work longer, but for a poorer pension in retirement.

Economic indicators show that the cuts aren’t working: the UK economy is stagnating, with 2.6 million unemployed, including one million young people stuck on the dole queue. Chancellor George Osborne is left scrambling for explanations as it becomes clear he will miss his target for deficit reduction. Desperate attempts to massage unemployment figures by forcing unemployed people to provide free labour to supermarkets will only further undermine the job market for those seeking work.

Commenting on the result of the ballot, Unite Scottish Secretary Pat Rafferty said:

“Public sector workers in Scotland are telling the government that `enough is enough’. They are enduring wages cuts, rising living costs and horrific job losses, as the UK government forces the less well off in this country to pay for the sins of the elite. They are not prepared to stomach this attack on their pensions, too.

“A deal has been struck with the Scottish Government to exempt the increase in contributions of local government employees. While Unite views this as progress in contrast with the imposition by the UK Government there is still the outstanding issue of all public sector workers having to work longer to receive a smaller pension. For public sector workers outside of local government they are still faced with the prospect of paying more into a pension.”

For all public sector workers the change in the way the pensions are calculated from RPI to CPI will see 15 per cent automatically wiped off the value of pensions.  Unite is one of a group of unions currently challenging this move in the High Court.

For information on the 30 November day of action, see the Pensions Justice Scotland website.

Midlothian Council

24 Jul

Eight members at Midlothian Council received their certificate for e-revolution from Provost Adam Montgomery. All eight were members of Unison and Unite and enrolled on the course provided by Adam Smith College.

The learning was delivered at the Stobhill Depot in Newtongrange every Wednesday. It was an introduction to computing and mobile technologies and the participants are now hoping to go on and do ECDL. The course was delivered in an informal workplace setting to inspire confidence in computing and social networking and participants were from a broad spectrum across the council services ranging from drivers in waste services to chargehands in education and communities, cooks, care support workers in social work and gardeners.

Participants were delighted to gain 10 credits at SCQF level 4 and more importantly with the confidence gained in IT skills.