Fantastic Festive Wishes

It’s Christmas and we had considered publishing a bumper Christmas Annual to celebrate the year past and look forward to the year to come. However, when we started writing it we became too depressed and decided to discontinue as we didn’t want to spoil anyone’s festive break.

We’ll come back in the new year with a review and look ahead so if you wish to publish anything (editorial being the preserve of the branch officials), comment on anything or make suggestions please send these to the branch secretary (email address below). A brief newsletter is also available below if you wish.

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In the meantime have a great holiday. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all @unitececbranch

Branch Secretary:

CEC Branch Winter Update 2018


Pay rally on Wednesday 12 December at 12 noon

Join public workers from across Scotland in a rally outside the Scottish Parliament on 12 December at 12 noon to press the case for a budget for public services that

  • restores pay
  • protects our precious public services.

This is the day the Scottish Parliament will be debating the budget for 2019/20.

Trade unions want to get across their views on the budget, including money

  • for an appropriate public sector wage increases in 2019
  • to deal with homelessness and the social care crisis.

Public sector in crisis

We need more investment in all public services. Our NHS is under pressure and there is a growing crisis in care. Workers are standing up for services and standing up for themselves.

We need a fair deal for local councils. Teachers and local government workers emphatically rejected pay offers. Unions met in late November to co-ordinate plans should the Scottish Government and COSLA not provide a fair pay deal for local authority workers.

We need a fair deal for all public service workers.

The Glasgow equal pay strikes and the display of strength from Scottish teachers at their rally last month shows that public workers are losing patience.

Union rep training for 2019 – dates so far

Unite have announced some rep training courses for next year. We’ve listed the closest ones below – all are held at the Edinburgh office on 22 York Place unless otherwise noted.

You can now book your training courses on the Unite website.

Workplace reps

1 – 28 January to 1 February or 3 to 7 June
2 – 18 to 22 March
3 – 13 to 17 May
4 – 3 to 7 June in Glasgow

There’s no corresponding module 2 for the module 1 in June announced yet.

Health and safety reps

1 – 25 February to 1 March
2 – 29 April to 3 May
3 – 17 to 21 June
4 – 24 to 28 June in Glasgow


1 – 20 to 24 May in Glasgow
2 – 12 to 16 November in Glasgow

Union learning reps

1 – 4 to 8 February in Glasgow
2 – 1 to 5 April in Glasgow


Mental health awareness – 21 and 22 May in Glasgow

Branch officials course – 10 to 14 June

Equality and diversity – 4 to 8 March in Glasgow