Teachers’ strike on 25 January

On Wednesday, teachers in the EIS and SSTA in Edinburgh are striking as part of their on-going dispute over pay.

If you work in a school it is vital that you read our page about your rights and what to do when others are on strike. In short:

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Upcoming Learning Opportunities for Unite Reps and Members January 2023

There are a range of opportunities for learning available this new year:

Learn with Unite Free On-line Webinar :- Help to manage the Cost of Living Crisis

Dates :-

Thurs 19th January @ 1pm OR

Tuesday 24th January @ 7pm

This 1 hour on-line webinar, delivered by Money Advice Scotland will cover:-

• Understanding Energy Bills

• Mortgage Rates

• Rising Food, Fuel & Energy bills

• Tips & Advice

• Signposting for Support

• Q&A

To sign up/more info contact – wendy.skinner@unitetheunion.org

The Open University in Scotland has fully-funded places on their Microcredentials courses. Applications for these places are now open and will close on 5th February 2023. They have 19 Microcredential courses on offer which cover subjects including business and management, computing and IT and sustainability. These courses will start in March 2023.

More information, as well as the application form, can be found on The Open University courses website

Tomorrow Wednesday 18th January at 2pm. The TUC is hosting a webinar for TU reps’Preventing burnout and increase well being’ You can register for this on the TUC website

Then on Thursday 19th January the STUC are hosting an all day pilot event on the Cost of Living Crisis in Glasgow. To apply to attend the a web form needs to be completed and submitted to the STUC

As well as regular rep training there are online courses available through Learn with Unite and even if you don’t have council email you can register the City of Edinburgh Council’s myLearning Hub

If anyone needs more information about workplace union learning opportunities or some help getting registered for online learning, contact CEC Unite’s ULR Amanda Cunningham (Amanda.cunningham@unitetheunion.org & 0780 381 4411)

Unite’s pay claim 2023

You were recently surveyed on the terms of our pay claim for 2023. The results are in and Unite’s demands are listed below.

Unite’s pay claim for 2023 is below. This will be put to Unison and GMB, so we can agree what the unions’ pay claim to put to COSLA will be.

Unite calls for:

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Council ‘thank you’ events and communications survey

Thank you events

The Council’s colleague thank you events kick off today. During the hour-long event, you and your team will hear from members of our senior leadership team, Council Leader Cammy Day and the Lord Provost. You’ll also find out what we’re doing to work together for the people of Edinburgh and what’s on the horizon in 2023. 

Register for event event online. They run on

  • Thursday 19 January – 9.30am to 10.30am and 11am to 12 noon
  • Wednesday 1 February – 3.30pm to 4.30pm and 5pm to 6pm
  • Friday 24 February – 3pm to 4pm

If you have questions, please email communications@edinburgh.gov.uk.

Communications survey

All members should complete the employee communications survey to have their say on how the Council communicates with workers.

The deadline for responses is 25 January.

Universal Credit and backdated pay

If you receive Universal Credit the amount you get changes if your take-home pay changes. This includes awards of backdated pay. When your backpay for the 2022/23 local government pay settlement is paid on 22 December, your Universal Credit payment will either be less than you normally receive or your income may be too high to qualify for a payment and your claim will close.

Universal Credit is calculated on your personal circumstances. Because of this the Council do not know how, or if, you may be affected.

If your claim closes, you will see a message on your UC Journal telling you about this.

Will Universal Credit Payments Start Again Automatically?

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The Social Care Crisis in Edinburgh—public meeting on 6 December

Edinburgh Trade Union Council (ETUC) is hosting a public meeting on Tuesday 6 December 2022 from 6pm to 8:30pm. The meeting will be held with the Council Chamber, City Chambers, High Street.

We encourage everyone with an interest in social care and public services to attend—especially members working in this area and those who receive care in their family.

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EIS strike—advice for members in schools

On Thursday 24 November, teachers in the EIS will be on strike over pay.

The facts

All schools will be closed.

Staff who are not striking will be working from home.

Pupils on free school meals will get their Thursday lunch to take home on Wednesday.

There will be no clubs at schools, other than evening classes after 6pm.

Crossing the picket

Download the Council’s guide to industrial action for details (PDF)

Download Unite’s guide for members not involved in industrial action (PDF)

Working from home presents a question of whether this is crossing a picket. A picket line is not just a physical line, but one that can be crossed virtually.

The decision is yours.

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