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.
Press Release on impact of Budget Cuts on Environmental Services. Click here
Unite CEC Branch release document that shows that budget for Environmental Services effectively flatlines while population of Edinburgh grows. Click here
Press Release in response to Edinburgh Evening News article: Click here
Update on Street Cleaning Review: Click Here
EU Referendum Debate.
Join Mary Alexander, Deputy Regional Secretary for Unite Scotland, as she chairs a debate on the upcoming EU Referendum. The debate will take place between 6.30pm and 8.30pm on Thursday 9th June at the Edinburgh Office, 22 York Place, EH1 3EP.
Dave Moxham will be speaking on the remain position and Vince Mills will be speaking for the Leave position.
Come along and have your say.
Environment Review Update. Click here for more
Concierge Service Update. Click here for more
EBS Update. Click here for more
Solidarity, Socialism, Equality. Scottish Labour launch manifesto that includes full support and endorsement of Unite calls for a Pre-Devo Debt Amnesty. Click here for more
STUC throws weight behind Unite Pre-Devo Debt Amnesty Campaign, as Shadow Scottish Secretary, Ian Murray, writes to George Osbourne, outlining case for an Amnesty. Click here for more
Safer & Stronger Communities Review Update. Click here for more
Concierge Service Review Update. Click here for more
Closure of Edinburgh schools is a ‘national scandal’ as Unite calls for full PFI review. Click here for more
Outcome of consultative ballot on Back Shift, Task Force Street Cleansing, now available. Click here for more
Update on Review. Frontline: Environment. Click here for more
Update: Concierge Service Review. Click here for more
Changes to National Insurance contributions and the New State Pension. These changes will affect many members. Please click here for more.
Environment Review: An Update. Click here for more.
Consultation on Housing and Homelessness Services (to be known as Safer & Stronger Communities) an update. Click here for more.
Following the first round of debate on the draft Scottish Budget for 2016/17 we can only conclude that The Silent Slaughter of Scottish Local Government Continues. Click here for more.
New Edition of Frontline: Environment now available online on your new Environmental Services web page. Click here.
Eddie Cassidy WINS Unite Executive Council By-Election. Click here for more.
Stop the Silent Slaughter of Scottish Local Government
Unite Scotland to join with sister trade unions and community groups to protest the Silent Slaughter of Local Government at the hands of the Scottish Government.
Lobby, 3rd February, 1pm-2pm Scottish Parliament, Holyrood.
Click here for more.
Unite CEC branch announce a Day of Action in Defence of our Public Services
Following the largest cuts budget in decades being passed through the City Chambers on 21st January 2016, Unite CEC Branch are now gearing up for a day of action in defence of the city's public services.
Click here for more
1st Unite Scotland Policy Conference 2016
Scottish Labour join campaign against cuts to Local Government and adopt newly established Unite Policy by joining us in our calls for an amnesty on £2.5 billion pre-devolution debt interest payments.
Unite in Local Government move to support a day of action, with a rolling programme of action thereafter, in defence of Local Government Jobs and Services.
Click here for more
Join Us To Protest Council Cuts
Lobby, City Chambers, Thursday, 21st January 8.45am – 9.45am
Click here for more
Unite CEC Branch supports Eddie Cassidy, Convener of Glasgow City Council Branch, in Unite Executive Council By-Election. Use your vote. Click here for more.
Update on LGV License holders' issue click here
Unite CEC Branch submit response to 2016/17 cuts budget. Click here for a copy.
For the truth about Scottish Local Government Debt and an up to date press release from Unite Scotland click here
For the latest from Unite in the Community Alarm & Telecare Service click here
Unite CEC Branch to stand with Glasgow City Council Branch and sister trade unions from both Edinburgh and Glasgow City Councils to protest Local Government cuts. Join us outside Holyrood 12.30am 10th December 2015. Click here for more.
The Unite Branch of Lothian Buses and Unite CEC Branch to host a public meeting on the proposed Tram Extension. Tuesday 8th December 2015, 7pm YMCA Building, Junction Lane (off Great Junction Street), Leith.
All welcome. Click here for more.
Facilities Management: At last some good news. The Labour/SNP Coalition take a huge leap forward in the right direction. Click here for more.
Draft Budget and Deputation to Finance and Resources Committee. Click here for more.
Task Force Street Cleansing & Grounds Maintainance. Update from Unite following management briefings this week. Click here for more.
Unite CEC Branch table alternatives as part of the Disability Services Review. Click here for more.
Unite CEC Branch and the Unite Branch at Lothian Buses agree to join forces to battle cuts to Local Government finance. Click here for more.
For updates on the LGV License Holder in Environment Issue Click Here
Fightback Against the Cuts
Stay of Execution on No Compulsory Redundancies Pledge
The Coalition's No Compulsory Redundancies Pledge remains intact but under threat following Unite Lobby and Deputation.
The Coalition have moved to increase a new voluntary severance package to try and incentivise staff to leave the organisation. Headline offer agreed by Councillors:
2.7 weeks per year of service for those not in the pension fund.
1.7 weeks per year of service for those in the pension fund
Comment from Branch:
Unite remain opposed to the loss of local government jobs and services. Reducing the size of the organisation is a political choice. There is another way (click here for more). Our concern is for those who will be left to pick up the pieces as people are incentivised to leave the Council. Our members are working at capacity already, they cannot do more.
Press release from Unite CEC Branch following committee yesterday:
"Following the decision to push ahead and incentivise staff to leave the Council voluntarily, Unite reiterate our call for collaboration to find alternatives to cutting jobs and services. Chief Executive Andrew Kerr has confirmed that some services will have to reduce as a result of forthcoming proposals but we have no information yet on what this might mean.
"The threat of compulsory redundancies remains. Today's decision is a stay of execution.
"Now is the time for the Capital Coalition to stand with the trade unions and community groups and lead the way for Local Government in Scotland. We need to deal with usurious pre-devolution debt and we need to find a more sustainable model to finance Local Government, that does not involve attacking the workforce and reducing services to the people of Edinburgh."
Unite CEC Branch, with the full support of Unite Scotland, submit an alternative three year budget proposal and call on Council Officers, Councillors and MSPs at Holyrood to work with the unions to protect local government jobs and services.
Click here for press release from Unite Scotland
Click here to read our alternative proposals
For updates on transformation click on the image above
For details of branch and national elections as well as upcoming branch committee meetings:
go to the meetings diary
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.
Want to learn something new and get paid time off work to do so? Go to Learning Page for more information
TTIP corporate takeover or job creation? Learn more here
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