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!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Bouquet for a member

If you would like to nominate a friend / colleague to receive a bouquet from UNISON, e-mail or write to UNISON at 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY.

Living life to the full

UNISON is always working on your rights at work and looking after members in the workplace but what we don't say loudly enough is that we care about what happens to you after work too.

Membership of UNISON doesn't just get you support at work but gives you access to a range of exclusive deals and offers designed to make your life outside work that little bit easier.

Because UNISON has over 1.3 million members it can secure some great deals through trusted providers that are endorsed on the basis of common values, good practice and customer care.

These deals can now be found at UNISON Living.

Violence in schools

More than half of classroom or teaching assistants across the UK have experienced violence in the classroom.

UNISON's report. 'Bad Form: Behaviour in Schools' shows that almost one fifth of all education staff have experienced violence but teaching assistants bear the brunt of it.

Read a summary of the report here.

Thomsons Solicitors - April to June 2016

The latest quarterly report on personal injury cases has been issued.

The highlight is that Thomsons continue to recover around £250k in damages for UNISON members every month. Slips, trips and falls continue to be the main cause of injury followed by assaults.
  • 211 cases opened
  • £645,363 obtained in damages
  • £8,169 average award in each case
  • 125 wills prepared
  • 176 members given free legal advice
  • 4 conveyancing cases opened.
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