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.

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International Workers Memorial Day 2022

On Thursday (28th), trade unionists and campaigners met at the Workers’ Memorial Tree in Princes Street Garden to mark International Workers Memorial Day, an annual event to commemorate those that have died at and due to work and to galvanise our fight to protect the health and safety at workers.

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May Day celebrations

Come celebration International Workers Day in Edinburgh at two events.

May Day Cabaret on 1 May

The May Day cabaret on is Sunday 1 May at 7:30pm at the Southside Community Centre, featuring performances from:

  • Rab Noakes
  • Becci Wallace
  • Susan Morrison
  • Calum Baird
  • Ghazi Hussein
  • Iona Lee plus more guests.

Buy tickets for the May Day Cabaret

May Day March and Rally on 7 May

The May Day march and rally is on Saturday 7 May, assembling at 11:30am at the top end of Johnson Terrace to march at 12 midday and rally at the Pleasance Theatre at 12:30pm, where there will be music from Penny Stone and Calum Baird.

Speakers include:

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Branch AGM 2022—the nominees

Join the branch AGM on Thursday 24 March

Your branch AGM will be held on Thursday 24 March from 4pm to 6:30pm—email graeme.smith2@unitetheunion.org to get your invite to come along.

Nominations closed on 28 February, please find the list of nominees and some comments on these below.

The nominations

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LGBT+ history month

Throughout February we are celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender + (LGBT+) history month, a time to remember the struggles, key figures and events in the fight for rights and against discrimination, a fight that continues to this day in society and the workplace.

The theme for this year is politics in art: ‘the arc is long’, taken from Martin Luther King’s quote “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice”.

Visit the LGBT+ history month site for resources and events, including an event on 9 February hosted by the University of Edinburgh—’From the 1969 Stonewall Riots to Lesbian & Gays Support the Miners Group: a history or revolt, defiance and solidarity.’

Read how the Council are marking LGBT+ history month on Newsbeat.

Fight for LGBT+ rights and equality in the Council

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Branch AGM and elections for 2022-2025

Elect your reps and branch officials for the next 3 year term

The Unite CEC Branch annual general meeting (AGM) will take place on 24 March 2022 at 4pm.

At this meeting, we will elect all representatives and officials for the next three year term (2022-2025). All members are welcome to nominate and to attend the meeting. This is an important event, as the elections can steer the direction of the branch for the coming three years.

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Pay update

Following a barely and poorly revised offer from the employer (CoSLA) through the Scottish Joint Council (SJC) Unite is holding a consultative ballot of Local Government Employee members to gain members views on the new offer.

Members will receive a ballot by email, text or post depending on individual preferences and information available to Unite. The ballot consists of two questions: 1. whether to accept or reject the offer; 2. on willingness to participate in industrial action. The email comes from UniteScotland and is entitled “Local Authorities Consultative Pay Ballot – August 2021“. Please check your emails. It was sent Monday 23rd August. Should you not receive your ballot contact Unite by calling: 01414045424

The new offer comprises:

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