Monday, 19 March 2018


I write on hearing the sad news that our former Steward Willie Black passed away yesterday, Sunday 18 March. Willie had been unwell for some time and although he returned as a Steward with us for a spell during 2017, had to stand down given his poor health. Willie had been a member of UNISON since 1996 and will be missed by his colleagues at the Branch and across the Council.

Sunday, 18 March 2018


A number of our members working in primary school offices have been in touch with significant concerns following the receipt of an email from the Review Project Officer late last week covering online payments and cash handling.
We have requested a meeting as soon as possible next week with the manager leading the School Office Review to bring these concerns to his attention so that they are resolved and to seek clarification on the relevance of the staffing formula in light of the contents of the email.
We will keep you informed of developments in the coming days via Facebook or by email to individual members.


The Branch Secretary attended the Business Support Review Board meeting last week and was hoping to have some firm details to share with you all about the outcome of the Admin and Clerical Review, particularly as the previous meeting in February had been cancelled. However, the date for the outcome of the review to be shared with us all has now been pushed into mid April.
It goes without saying that these are worrying times with regard to the future and we know from conversations with some of you that in many cases personal plans are on hold until the outcome of the Review is known. You are assured that UNISON Angus have left the Review Board under no illusion that our members are continuing to patiently wait for news but that the length of time being taken is adding to people’s concerns. Your wellbeing and welfare is paramount at times like this and we want a swift resolution to the Review. We do though of course want the Review outcome to be free from errors and a necessity to re-visit it in the days after the outcome is shared with us all.
We have been given assurances by the Review Board that UNISON Angus will be fully briefed on the outcome of the Review so that we can represent you, our members, with all the information needed in the coming weeks.
If you have any questions, queries or concerns about the Review, please do not hesitate to contact the Branch Office.

Thursday, 8 March 2018


After months of fruitless negotiations and discussions with the Council, UNISON Angus members employed as Family Nurture Support Worker members (previously known as Early Years Workers) have today secured a significant victory in their challenge to the grading of their new posts.
Our members were incorrectly graded during the Job Evaluation process forcing their pay grade down from LG8 to LG7. We believed the incorrect evaluation was down to a simple clerical error that just needed to be rectified. But did this not drag on...... In the intervening months, despite a series of knockbacks from the employer, our members stood their ground showing fantastic strength of character and commitment during some very challenging times for them. Today this well and truly paid off with the news that the Council has 're-assessed' the original evaluation and members employed as Family Nurture Support Workers are indeed graded LG8, with pay backdated to December.
I'm sure you'll join me in congratulating them in standing firm these past months and for their victory today. And to reflect on the simple fact that being a member of a union and in particular UNISON Angus brings us together to collectively challenge the employer when things go wrong and campaign together, and in numbers, for fair and just outcomes when our pay, terms and conditions are being ground down . On our own and without representation, changes would just get imposed. There is no better advert today for being in UNISON than this.
In conclusion, I cannot tell you how extremely proud we all are of our Family Nurture Support Worker members and of our Steward Arthur Grant for his unwavering guidance and support, though I think you might have guessed that by now!

Wednesday, 28 February 2018



Tonight's Annual General Meeting will go ahead as arranged. However we'd ask that you only attempt the journey if you're confident of getting to and from the venue safely.

Thursday, 22 February 2018


A reminder that the UNISON Angus Annual General Meeting is on Wednesday 28 February 2018 at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Hamilton Green, Arbroath, DD11 1JG. Doors will be open at 1715 for a light buffet and tea and coffee with the meeting starting at 1800.
If you're planning to attend and haven't advised us yet, please let us know by emailing the Branch Office at so that we can cater for everyone who will be there.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018


As you'll know, on 12th January 2018 UNISON submitted a pay claim for a £1,500 flat rate increase to all spinal column points, or 6.5%, whichever is greater (based on a 37 hour working week). This claim includes an above inflation increase plus an element of restoration.
The ball is now in the employer's hands. We understand that they want to see the detail of the Government’s final budget settlement and then consult COSLA Leaders before responding to our claim. We do not therefore expect to have a formal response to our claim until the end of March.
So we thought this would be the perfect time to ask members for their views on the claim and how they think they might be able to help us get the increase you all deserve. To this end UNISON Scotland have drafted a short survey to take the pulse of the membership. The link to the survey is:
If you've provided an email address then you'll get an email about the survey in the next couple of days. UNION would like responses by 16 March but why not just fill it in now?
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