Monday, 20 February 2017

Proposed Increases to SSSC Fees

The email below has been received from Joe Lynch, Regional Organiser for UNISON Scotland. These proposed increases will adversely affect those who work in the care sector and we’d urge you to sign the petition and share it with your friends and family.


Please find below a link to the petition "Stop the huge rises in SSSC fees for Scottish care workers".

UNISON Scotland supports this petition to challenge these rises of 66% for low paid support workers and 166% for social workers, when wages rises are again below inflation, are unfair and a disincentive to people joining the care sector.

Real change happens when everyday people like you and I come together and stand up for what we believe in. 

After you've signed the petition please also take a moment to share it with others.  It's super easy – all you need to do is forward this email or share this link on Facebook or Twitter:

Pay Claim Update

We have received the following update from Dougie Black at UNISON Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Joint Council Steering Group:

The SJC Steering Group met yesterday to start negotiations on pay. We reached a point where the employers tabled a slightly different offer which was; £300 for those earning up to £30,000 and 1% for those above. The joint trade union position was united behind the need for only a flat rate claim and not a mixed offer. The employers position was that the new offer made was the limit of their mandate. We did however persuade the employers to go back to the COSLA Leaders Forum and seek a fresh mandate on the basis of the trade union position. We also made the point that since the offer was tabled the LG settlement had marginally changed and asked the employers to consider whether more money could be directed into the pay financial envelope.

The Steering Group will next meet on 3rd March where I expect the employers to make a final offer.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Home Care Service Review  - Update Meetings

Further meetings have been arranged by UNISON on behalf of their SCO members and SCOs belonging to Unite and GMB. These meetings will give members an update with regard to the recent discussions between the Trade Unions and the Home Care Service Review management. The meetings will also give you the opportunity to share your concerns and ask further questions about the negotiations and discussions so far.

Meetings will take place at:

Tuesday 14 February at 12.45pm in the Northern Hotel, Clerk Street, Brechin

Wednesday 15 February at 2.30pm in the Royal British Legion, Helen Street, Arbroath

Tea, Coffee and biscuits will be available.

We hope to see you at one of the meetings.

Monday, 6 February 2017


The Scottish Local Government Conference on Friday received details of the offer from the Scottish employers in response to our pay claim.

The offer is as follows:

  • ·        £250 flat rate for those on spinal column points up to £25,000.
  • ·        1% for those on spinal column points over £25,001
  • ·        Continue to pay the Scottish Local Government Living Wage and ensure it applies to all pay related enhancements and is pensionable.
  • ·        Agree to participate in a joint working group with the trade unions to look at a future pay strategy going forward.

This offer falls far short of our claim, however the employers have indicated that they are prepared to negotiate. The first negotiating meeting will take place on 14 February and a further update will be issued following this meeting.

UNISON Scotland advise that they are making the necessary arrangements to ensure that all members are consulted on any final offer and if need be preparing for a possible industrial action ballot.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Scottish Young Members Weekend 2017

Please find details below of the forthcoming Young Members weekend. 

Funding will be available for 2 spaces

If any of our young members are interested, please email for a copy of the application form.

Scottish Young Members Weekend
Stirling Court Hotel – 10-12 February 2017

Friday 10 February
10.00 – ALL                             Welcome and housekeeping – Working Together on UNISON Courses
10.15 – ALL                             Activity 1: Introductions & Ice Breaker
10.45 – Group 1                     Activity 2: Union Structure/Branch Structure – Where do young members fit?
10.45 – Group 2                     Activity 2: WEA – Leadership Skills – Details TBC
11.45 – Group 1                     Activity 3 Part 1 – Trade Unions in History – Quiz
12.30                                       Lunch
13.30 – Group 1                     Activity 3 Part 2 – The role of the Young Members Officer
13.30 – Group 2                     Activity 2 cont...
14.30 – Group 1                     Activity 4 – Organising a Workplace Recruitment Event
15.15                                       Break
15.30 – ALL                             Guest Speakers – Lilian Macer, Scottish Convenor & Stephen Smellie, Vice Convenor – Bridging the Generation Gap
17.00                                       Finish and Free Time
19.00                                       Dinner
20.00 – ALL (Optional)           Film – Everyday Rebellion (2012)

Saturday 11 February
10.00 – ALL                             Social Media Activism – Jennifer Jones – Producing a campaign video for “Gonnae No Dae That” anti-bullying campaign
12.30                                       Lunch
13.30 – ALL                             Social Media Activism cont...
15.00                                       Break
15.30 – ALL                             Report Writing – Report of the weekend for your Branch Committee
17.00 – ALL                             Summary/Pre AGM Discussion/Nominations
17.30                                       Finish and Free Time
19.00                                       Dinner

Sunday 12 February
10.00 – ALL                             AGM – Committee Meeting
11.00                                       Break
11.15 – ALL                             AGM – Election of Committee Roles

12.30                                       Finish               

Saturday, 7 January 2017


You are cordially invited to attend our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 28 February 2016 at the Meadowbank Inn, Montrose Road, Arbroath.  Stovies or sandwiches/sausage rolls and refreshments will be available from 5.15pm.

Nominations are invited for Branch Officer posts and a brief outline of the duties of these posts are enclosed.  Any nominations should be made using the enclosed pro-forma and returned to UNISON Freepost (AB048), 7 Alford Place, Aberdeen, AB10 1ZQ no later than Tuesday 31 January 2017. Should they be required, elections will take place prior to AGM and results will be notified at the meeting. 

Nominations are also invited for stewards. At such a critical time for UNISON members who face unprecedented cuts to jobs and services, it has never been so important for our voices to be heard. Our stewards provide the vital link between members and the union both at a branch level and nationally and are fully trained and supported in their role.

If you are interested in becoming steward in your workplace or department but would like more information or an informal chat about what the role entails, then please do not hesitate to contact us using the details at the top of this notice. We would particularly welcome new or returning stewards who are employed as support staff in Angus schools, work at Rossie School or are Social Care Officers working for the Angus Health and Social Care Partnership either with the Council or a private care provider. Nominations for stewards should also be submitted to the UNISON Freepost address above by no later than Tuesday 31 January 2017.

Please note that if you are currently a steward and wish to continue as one in 2017, you should complete a new nomination form and return it to UNISON in Aberdeen.

Motions and any other business for consideration at the Annual General Meeting are also invited from members.  These should be submitted to the UNISON Freepost address (or by email at again by no later than Tuesday 31 January 2017.  Motions should be signed by at least two members. If you need assistance or advice about submitting issues to the meeting, please feel free to get in touch with either the Branch Office or the Regional Office in Aberdeen.

The agenda for the Annual General Meeting will be issued to members by 7 February 2017. 

UNISON is your union and exists to provide representation, assistance and services to its members, working for better pay and conditions for workers and an improvement in the quality of public services. UNISON is vehemently opposed to cuts to jobs and services and campaigns vigourously about these issues both nationally and locally. The AGM is therefore your opportunity to find out what UNISON has been working towards in the last 12 months and your chance to have a say in the direction the branch will take in 2017.

Finally, the first 30 members arriving at the AGM on 28 February will receive a UNISON ‘goodie bag’, one of which will contain a gift voucher for £50.00.

We look forward to meeting you at our Annual General Meeting!

Friday, 6 January 2017

New Year and New Faces!

THERE are a number of new faces at Angus UNISON: Chris Boyle, Shirley Ross and Janice Corrigan, who have all taken up new positions in the branch structure. 

Chris Boyle, who is employed as Angus Council’s Public Transport Officer, is now in place as Branch Secretary. Following a nomination process, he assumed the Secretary’s role from Mavis Leask, who stepped down earlier this year. Chris is seconded on a full time basis until the end of April 2018. This is good news for the branch as our (virtual) office environment is now being looked after full time.  Some small but significant improvements have already been made e.g. Office emails and all messages can now be accessed anywhere by our branch officers.

Shirley Ross, Clerical Officer in Children & Learning, is now our Branch Treasurer. She takes over from Debbie McCarle and will now be given full training on all of our financial systems. 

Janice Corrigan, Senior Roads Engineer in Engineering & Design, is our newest Steward who will become  fully accredited early in the new year once her training is complete.

Angus UNISON would like to thank Mavis and Debbie for their service to the branch over the past few years. 

Overall, our new full time resource and new stewards could not have come at a better time; it is abundantly clear that the scale of cuts, service reviews and job changes within Angus Council will be far greater than first predicted.  The coming year will no doubt pose some significant resourcing challenges for UNISON.

You can contact your new Branch Secretary, Chris, by phone on 01307 468 950, by mobile on 07999 344 300, by email at and by writing to the branch office at Unit 8 Eco Park, Carseview Road, Forfar, Angus, DD8 3BS.

Your branch needs you to keep in touch and tell us what’s happening in your workplace!
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