Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Branch to review policy on the administration of medications by PSAs at AGM in Feb. Come along and have your say.

Aberdeenshire branch will be putting together a motion for our Branch AGM (Wednesday 26th February at 7pm, Kintore Arms, Inverurie) to strengthen current UNISON policy on the administration of medications by PSAs locally.

Susan Kennedy
The Branch congratulated Glasgow City branch, who after a long dispute over administration of medication in schools have successfully balloted and voted on a new structure for dealing with the administration of medication. Negotiations will continue over the next few months to agree on and finalise policy and procedures.

Susan Kennedy, Assistant Branch Secretary said, "We have been watching this development carefully.

"Administration of medicines under current UNISON and Aberdeenshire Council policy remains on a voluntary basis but we do need to address the current situation.

"We need to carry out an assessment of what is actually being carried out across the authority and work towards a clearer understanding of what is acceptable practise for the role of a PSA and for that we will need the support of our members."

Susan added, "We would encourage all our PSA and other members to come along to join the debate at the AGM and put your views across."

If you need any advice on administration of medications please contact the Grampian Resource Centre on 01224 620624

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Branch celebrates School Support Staff

On November 29th Meldrum Academy, working in partnership with UNISON, celebrated all School Support Staff.

During the day both teaching staff and pupils thanked and praised the work that support staff undertook to enable and enhance the learning experience of the pupils.

A special break time treat was put on for all the staff and tea and coffee was served by some of the senior pupils.

Meldrum’s Head Boy told the staff how invaluable the support staff were in the school and that in-class support was very much appreciated and has benefited many pupils at the academy.

Susan Kennedy, Assistant Branch Secretary said, “I would like to thank all the staff and pupils who have made today’s celebration a success.

"We need to highlight the importance of school support staff and work together to protect their roles within Aberdeenshire schools.

"We will be running a programme of school meetings in the New Year to follow on from our School Support Staff survey, so I look forward to coming along to discuss all the issues and move forward with our campaign”

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Branch does the double at Scottish Communication Awards

The branch won gold twice at this year's Scottish Communications Awards, winning first prize in the Best Publications category for UNISON Matters, the Branch newsletter, and taking the honours in the Best Online Presence category for the website, Branch Blog and Twitter.

Gold certificates were presented to Morag Lawrence, Newssheet Editor and Kate Ramsden, Webmanager at UNISON's Scottish Council Meeting of branches on Saturday 7th December 2013, along with cheques for £150 in each category.

Morag said, "I am delighted to have won this award on behalf of the branch. It's the first time that the Branch has entered the Newsletter, so to win the gold award is a great accolade."

Kate added, "It was fantastic to win these awards and it is a tribute to all the organising and campaigning work done by the branch.

"I maintain the website and the Blog, and Morag edits the newsletter, but we are never short of things to report. We are a very active branch and the newsletter, website and blog shows just how much work all our branch officers and activists do to support our members."

Sunday, 1 December 2013

St Andrew’s Day March and Rally - Standing up for Equality, Justice and Respect

Christmas shoppers stopped to watch as trade unions and community groups, led by the rhythmic uplifting beat of the Guarana Drummers, marched along Union Street for equality, justice and respect.

The St Andrew’s Day March and Rally was organised by the Aberdeen Trades Union Council along with community groups including Aberdeen Anti Fascist Alliance and Aberdeen Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign. It made a colourful scene as the banners, UNISON's amongst them,  snaked down Union Street to the Rally at Marischall College.