Employers

COSLA comment on women and leadership roles in education

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Councils are equal opportunities employers who are committed to creating a workplace environment that supports both women and men to fulfil their career aspirations.

"Some 56% of Directors of Education are women, and within schools extensive family-friendly policies, regular equal pay audits and gender pay gap analyses continue to help Councils address any barriers to women progressing to promoted posts."

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Mon, 15/01/2018 - 18:00

COSLA comment on job losses in councils

Commenting on the job losses in councils over the past few years quoted in today’s press (9th January) a COSLA Spokesperson said:

"As we say in our document 'Essential Services' we have seen the local government workforce reduce dramatically over the last five years and today’s media highlight an unpalatable situation

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Tue, 09/01/2018 - 18:00

COSLA comment on settlement agreements

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Authorities use settlement agreements in particular circumstances, where by mutual consent, the employee will leave the organisation. It is agreed without prejudice to the normal legal rights of the individual.

"It effectively concludes the working relationship by closing off any potential outstanding issues and ensures the departure from the organisation is without subsequent Employment Tribunal, grievance or any other claims which might, potentially, have cost implications for the council and by extension the public purse.

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Tue, 14/11/2017 - 18:00

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 - 17:00

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 - 17:00

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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Thu, 07/09/2017 - 00:01

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 - 17:00

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 - 13:39

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 - 13:29

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 - 17:00