Drop-in at South Queensferry Community Centre on 22 June

Questions about the industrial action ballot? Concerns at work? Come along to our drop-in at

South Queensferry Community Centre, School Lane, South Queensferry
Wednesday 22 June from 12 noon to 2pm.

Your branch officials and reps will be there to answer any questions you might have.

Drop-in at Leith Community Centre on 17 June

Questions about the industrial action ballot? Concerns at work? Come along to our drop-in at

Leith Community Centre at 12A Newkirkgate
Friday 17 June from 1pm to 4pm.

Your branch officials and reps will be there to answer any questions you might have.

Home care workers—let us know your thoughts

Complete the survey for home care workers

We have been meeting with home care workers to discuss the numerous issues in the area. To make sure all home care workers can have their voice heard on the issues that matter to them, we are running a survey for all home care workers in the Council.

Take the home care workers survey

We have collated a list of what workers have raised as the most pressing issues on our home care campaign page. These include:

  • regular unpaid work for handovers
  • transport issues, including parking problems and the cost of using a car for work with rapidly rising fuel costs
  • risks due to lone working without sufficient protection.

Festival of International Solidarity on 25 June

Come to a public show of solidarity with all people forced to become refugees. Many are from war zones, such as Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen, or fleeing political repression, ethnic cleansing, economic crisis and climate change.

Our common humanity means all deserve equal and dignified treatment.

The event takes place on Saturday 25 June from 4 to 6pm on Leith Links.

Register for the event on Eventbrite

tucedinburgh2022@gmail.com

Visit the Edinburgh Trades Union Council Facebook.

Industrial action ballot announced—fight for fair pay now!

Ballot to strike over the 2% pay offer announced

Today, Unite announced that we are launching a ballot for industrial action in all Scottish local authorities.

Please see below for the notice of ballot for Edinburgh and information on what this means to you.

Notice to members of forthcoming industrial action ballot

The Union intends to conduct a ballot for industrial action of the following members: All members within the Waste Department and all members within the School Workplaces.
 
Voting papers will be sent out on the 10th of June 2022.

If you have not received a voting paper by the 24th of June, you should contact your workplace reps or the Edinburgh Office IMMEDIATELY.
 
The names of the members to be balloted are available by contacting your workplace reps or the Edinburgh Office. If you are entitled to vote in the ballot please check that you are on the list and that your address is accurately recorded.

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Take action to fight the COSLA living crisis

The COSLA Living Crisis—making the cost of living crisis hit council workers harder!

Within the next couple weeks, Unite are posting an industrial action ballot to all

  • waste and cleansing workers
  • staff in schools and early years—such as cleaners, janitors, pupil support assistants, early years practitioners etc.

If you work in either group, please ensure your job title, workplace and contact details are correct by checking MyUnite or calling the office on 0131 556 9676.

The pay offer

COSLA have dug their heels in with a 2% offer. Our pay claim is for £3,000 based on a 35 hour week, rather than the COSLA standard 37 hour week. Read the full pay claim.

Spreading the word

Over the past few weeks we’ve been busy highlighting the pathetic pay offer COSLA have proposed for Council workers. COSLA are proposing that council workers accept a 2% pay rise, which, in the face of record levels of inflation, hitting 11% last week, is a massive pay cut.

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Financial advice session for members on 16 June—financial peace of mind, make it happen!

Lighthouse Financial Advice is organising a webinar specifically designed to help Unite members secure their financial future. You should attend this webinar if you would like to find out how you may be able to:

  • build up a nest-egg tax-efficiently, for yourself or for your children or grandchildren
  • boost your pension provision, so you will be able to enjoy a comfortable retirement
  • protect your family’s income, so they have enough money if the worst happens
  • take your pension, including the Local Government Pension, and get the best possible income.

The webinar will be presented by one of our fully-trained financial advisers. They have the knowledge and expertise—including a detailed understanding of the Local Government Pension Scheme—required to help you whatever your financial worries or stage in life.

Book your place

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