Become a rep or develop your skills with Unite training in 2020

Unite Scotland’s education team are running the rest of the education courses this year online on Zoom. This is a great opportunity for those interested in becoming

  • workplace reps
  • health and safety reps
  • specialised roles, such as equality reps or union learning reps.

We are also looking into running a health and safety reps course specifically for our branch. Comment below if you’re interested in this.

Certificate courses are accredited by Fife College, so you will come away with a recognised qualification on completion!

The next election period for the branch is January to March 2021, so all roles will be up for nominations.

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Protecting the workforce—Unite face coverings

Unite: committed to the physical and mental health of workers

We are committed to ensuring that the mental and physical wellbeing of workers is a priority. Public transport and shops in Scotland now require you to wear a face coverings, so we have stepped up to provide face coverings for frontline workers in the City of Edinburgh Council.

We are commitment to doing all that we can to ensure that all working environments are safe for our members.

Craig Cummings, branch convener, talks us through the face covering debate below.

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Joint Trade Unions thank the good councillors of Edinburgh

Statement from the Joint Trade Unions of the City of Edinburgh Council in connection with item 9.8 – engagement with employees – motion to City of Edinburgh Council (Full Council) meeting 30th June 2020:

The Joint Trade Unions of the City of Edinburgh Council would like to offer their thanks to the Councillors and Parties whose votes yesterday thwarted what can only be described as an egregious attempt by the tories to belittle Trade Unions and erode the potency of workforce representation. This action of the tories, at a time when workforce representation is most critical, demonstrates either an incomprehensible lack of understanding of workforce representation or, more insidiously, a desire that workers should be divided and ruled over.

The Joint Trade Unions of the City of Edinburgh Council (who work for the betterment of the whole City of Edinburgh Council workforce regardless of their Trade Union membership) are happy that the collective will, sense and sensitivity of the council has shone brightly through. We look forward to continued positive working relations in order to further our mutual objectives of improving the circumstances of the City of Edinburgh Council’s workforce, the services we provide and the citizens, businesses, groups and organisations we provide these services to, with and for.


Below is the joint trade union deputation and you can read the full council meeting paper.


Request for Deputation – UNISON, Unite the Union and the GMB
Item 9.8 – Motion by Councillor Rust – Engagement with Employees

UNISON, Unite the union and the GMB condemn the Conservative Group for their reprehensible motion to full council, ‘Engagement with Employees’, and welcome the Labour Group’s amendment. The trade unions have been working non-stop with the council and our members to make sure that critical council work can be completed safely. We will not be dragged in to questioning the legitimacy of councillors and whether they are representative depending on the turnout of their elections, as we are above this sort of tawdry tit for tat response. The joint trade unions will continue
to work unstintingly to make sure the workforce is represented and are able to work safely while providing services to the most vulnerable. We would advise that the Conservative Group should not use Covid-19 and the unprecedented public health situation as a smoke screen for out-dated political point scoring.

Tom Connolly: Staff Side Secretary

Brian Robertson: Unite the union

Keir Greenaway: GMB