Branch Annual General Meeting

The branch AGM date was recently set by the Branch Committee as Tuesday 30th March 2021.  Time, schedule and format have yet to be finalised but it is expected that the AGM will use Microsoft Teams and members will be asked to note interest in order that the link may be sent to them.

It is important that everyone’s membership details are up to date so please take a few minutes to check your details at MyUnite.  If you have not used this service before you will have to take a few more minutes to activate your account.  Once done you will be able to ensure that your details are up to date and that you receive important communications (e.g. ballots, pay claim, Health & Safety).

Further details on the AGM will be announced soon.

Training for reps from the TUC 2021

The TUC dates for rep training are online, with the next course for new reps starting on Monday 12 January—and another starting Monday 19 January. The courses are listed for Edinburgh, Fife and Glasgow, but they are delivered online, so you can attend any.

To become a rep you need to attend union reps 1 and 2 training—this can be from Unite, ideally, or from the TUC. We’ll publish the Unite training dates as soon as we know them.

You are entitled to paid time off to attend under the facilities agreement.

Scottish Local Government Living Wage Consolidation

As part of the current pay deal 2018 to 2021, the Scottish Local Government Living Wage (SLGLW) must be consolidated into the pay and grading system in all Scottish Local Authorities by March 31st 2021. Whilst all local government workers in Scotland are paid at least the SLGLW some councils, including Edinburgh, are yet to consolidate and still pay a supplement accommodating the requirement on hourly pay.

Negotiations between CEC and the joint trade unions have only recently begun. The complexity of the exercise means that these negotiations could last some time. Unite CEC branch negotiators are committed to ensuring that the process of consolidation is fair and focussed on improvements to the financial circumstances of council employees.

If you feel you may be affected by consolidation please contact the branch using the comment box below or the contact page