Employers

COSLA COMMENT ON TEACHER MENTAL HEALTH

A COSLA Spokesperson commented: "Scottish Local Authorities provide dedicated support for all employees who experience mental health problems. All of our employees are valued public servants, providing essential services to communities across Scotland and we work in partnership with their Trade Unions and professional associations to make sure the support on offer is appropriate and accessible".

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Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE ON TEACHER MENTAL HEALTH

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Scottish Local Authorities provide dedicated support for all employees who experience mental health problems. All of our employees are valued public servants, providing essential services to communities across Scotland and we work in partnership with their Trade Unions and professional associations to make sure the support on offer is appropriate and accessible".

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Mon, 18/09/2017 - 16:00

COSLA COMMENT ON ACCOUNTS COMMISSION REPORT ON 'EQUAL PAY IN SCOTTISH COUNCILS'

Commenting on the publication of the Accounts Commission report on ‘Equal Pay in Scottish Councils’, Councillor Gail Macgregor, COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson said: “COSLA welcomes today’s (Thursday) report from the Accounts Commission, which recognises the complex judicial processes and huge costs that councils have faced as they haVe worked hard to meet their equal pay obligations.

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Wed, 06/09/2017 - 23:01

COSLA RESPONSE ON TEACHER RECRUITMENT

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “The issue of recruiting teachers has been problematic for a number of years and sadly remains so. There is no magic wand that can be waved as our young people return to their classrooms over the coming days. This is a long term problem that will require a long term solution – especially for those councils who have real issues with recruitment. Councils do their best to attract teaching talent to their area with many offering incentives.”

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Mon, 14/08/2017 - 16:00

MORE TRAINEE NURSES AND MIDWIVES

National workforce plan for future NHS staffing.

An estimated 2,600 extra nursing and midwifery training places will be created over the next four years as part of wide-ranging measures to support and strengthen NHS Scotland’s workforce.  

The National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan, published today,  sets out how the Scottish Government will work with partners to secure sustainable NHS staffing alongside  its programme of change in health and social care.
 

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Wed, 28/06/2017 - 12:39

COSLA COMMENT ON THE NATIONAL NHS WORKFORCE PLAN

Cllr Peter Johnston, COSLA Spokesperson for Health and Social Care, said: “We welcome working in partnership with the Scottish Government on the development of a National Workforce Plan for Health and Social Care.

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Wed, 28/06/2017 - 12:29

COSLA RESPONSE TO LATEST PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Responding to the information contained in the latest public sector employment statistics, a COSLA Spokesperson said:

“Job losses in councils has been an ever present for a number of years now. In the region of 60% of the costs of providing council services is in the pay bill. When government cuts funds to councils, job losses are an inevitable consequence.

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Fri, 16/06/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO UNISON REPORT ON PUBLIC SECTOR RECRUITMENT CRISIS DUE TO AGEING WORKFORCE

Responding to the UNISON report, a COSLA Spokesperson said: "We welcome the UNISON research and the contribution it makes to the work we are all engaged in. UNISON has said that there are big issues to consider here, not least of which is the training and skills development of older workers and ensuring that they have options, such as carers leave and part-time work that support them.

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Fri, 16/06/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO QUERY ON TEACHER PAY TALKS

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Talks with the Teachers Unions and the Scottish Government over pay and other conditions of service will resume on 22 June after a break for the local government elections.

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Wed, 07/06/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO TEACHER PAY STATEMENT AT EIS AGM 2017

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “The local government elections have delayed our re-engagement in pay talks with the Teachers Trade Unions but this should be rectified fairly soon.
 
“We did in fact propose to the EIS and others in March, in our opening discussions, that they should now accept the 1% uplift in pay on offer to all local government workers and we could deal with the other aspects of their claim later, but they declined that opportunity. This would have allowed the pay increase for teachers to be implemented in time for the April application date.
 

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Mon, 05/06/2017 - 16:00