Defending rights, defending jobs, defending services
Drop the Debt
For more on Pre-Devo Debt and Unite Scotland calls for an Amnesty on Interest Payments to save jobs and services click here
For an update on the campaign visit unitelive.org
About Unite CEC Branch
Unite are recognised by the Council, for the purposes of Collective Bargaining, for Single Status employees and Craft Operatives.
99% of our 1300 strong membership are employed in Frontline Services on wages below the national average. This means that we consider ourselves to be most interested in bargaining for the relatively low paid Frontline.
Unite CEC Branch urges all members to vote for Len McCluskey.
Branch Secretary Brian Robertson said the following about the election:
“We are urging all our members in Edinburgh Council to Vote Len McCluskey for General Secretary of Unite. As ballot papers start to land we cannot stress enough the importance of members taking a little time to vote. I, our Branch Officials, Stewards and H&S Reps have seen, first hand, the type of trade union Len has been trying to build over the last 6-7 years.
“Under Len’s Leadership Unite has put the power of the union behind working people in all sectors of the economy. For example, it has been thanks to Len’s Leadership that our Local Drop the Debt Campaign, developed in Edinburgh by your Reps, has turned into a national campaign with the resources of the union behind it.
“The future of Unite is in your hands. Len’s rivals have sought to denigrate and smear the union in the right-wing press. This negativity undermines all of us who freely give our time to support our colleagues at work and beyond. We ask, if you value what your colleagues do as part of your Branch of Unite, stand with us and Vote Len”.
Unite CEC Branch urges all members to vote for Eddie Cassidy and Anne Crozier for the Executive Council.
Unite CEC Branch nominated Eddie Cassidy.
Unite Branch Secretary said the following of Eddie:
We are urging all members to vote for Eddie Cassidy and Anne Crozier for the EC. Eddie is Convener of Glasgow City Council Branch and has been a leading voice in for Local Government workers in Scotland for many years. He has Local Government at the heart of what he does, while representing members from across different sectors of the economy.
Eddie and Anne will make a great team – please take a little time to ensure we are sending the right people to sit on the governing body (the EC) of our union.
Update on Drop the Debt Campaign
We would like to take the opportunity to thank all members who have filled out and returned a Drop the Debt Post Card.
If you haven’t filled out a Post Card as yet, please do so. If there aren’t any in your workplace, please contact one of the Reps as outlined below.
On Tuesday 7th March 2017, Alex Rowley, Depute Leader of Scottish Labour, put our Drop the Debt research up for debate at Holyrood. The response from the Scottish Government was, in a nutshell, that they consider the issues and points we raise to be both strong and valid. However, they do not believe that the Tories at Westminster will be forthcoming, therefore they are not even going to raise the issue with the UK Government.
What this means…
We need to campaign harder, we need to pile on the pressure. Reps will be running stalls in Glasgow and in Edinburgh over the coming weeks.
Unite CEC Branch Convener, Craig Cummings, who watched the debate at Holyrood, said the following:
“This is a strong campaign that we developed locally in Edinburgh and which has now gone nationwide. The fact is that Edinburgh Council is paying out £32 million per year in interest-only on pre-devolution debt liabilities held with the UK Treasury. We are fighting on many fronts to protect jobs and services and make advances where we can. However, real terms cuts to Council budgets and rip off loan repayment rates are undermining Council Services.
“We need the Scottish Government to get behind our calls for an amnesty on interest-rate repayments to the UK Treasury. At a rate of over 8%, we have sent back £500 million in interest-only to the UK Treasury on liabilities of around £350 million since devolution in 1998 and we still need to settle the principle sums. Our message is clear and simple: We have paid what we owe. Now we must prioritise local jobs and services.”
For more on Drop the Debt Click Here
For updates on transformation click on the image above
General Secretary and Executive Council Elections.
We urge all members to please vote:
Len McCluskey for General Secretary
Eddie Cassidy and Anne Crozier for the Executive Council.
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Attention All low paid staff
Unite has introduced a new low pay membership category for members working over 21 hours per week and earning less than £15,000 a year. Download the pdf here
To benefit from this you will have to contact the Unite Edinburgh area office (tel: 0131 556 9676) and provide evidence.
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