Have you voted in the General Secretary election yet? Let us know!

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Use your vote in the historic Unite General Secretary Election.

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  • Voted already? Let us know!
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New rep training dates

Unite Scotland have released the education programme for 2021/22 with dates for training for reps and those looking to become reps. Courses running in Edinburgh are below for quick reference.

Become a rep

If you are interested in becoming a rep, contact one of our branch officers to chat about what’s involved, the support available and the opportunities on offer.

Edinburgh courses for 2021/22

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General Secretary Ballot

Ballot papers for Unite the Union General Secretary election are arriving at members’ addresses. This election will determine the direction of our union for the coming years and also have a significant impact on the shape of our country’s economic and social recovery from the pandemic. Our branch has two key messages for members.

Firstly, that everyone use their ballot and ensure that they participate in this election. We do not know exactly what the future will hold but we do know that our union needs to be stronger, more energised and united than ever before to take on the challenges we will be met with in the coming years to ensure a recovery that re-distributes wealth and opportunity evenly and equally with significant and seriously improved climate and social justice.

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General Secretary Election

Our nomination meeting/hustings will commence at 5pm on Thursday 20th May 2021 and end at 7pm. The meeting will use Microsoft Teams and all Unite CEC branch members are invited. If you wish to attend please contact the branch secretary by emailing: brian.robertson2@unitetheunion.org (including your full name, phone number and union membership number if available) to request the meeting link by email. The email should arrive no later than 6pm on Wednesday 19th May 2021.

Each candidate will be allowed 10 minutes to speak followed by 10 minutes responding to questions. A 10 minute gap, during which discussions may take place, will occur between candidates. Nomination will be decided by vote following the departure of the last candidate.

All reps are expected to attend.

Unite event in support of Orgreave Truth and Justice—11 March

Unite Community Scotland are holding a special event in support of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and to celebrate the victory in 2020 of MSP Neil Findlay’s parliamentary campaign in achieving justice for Scots miners.

Join our Zoom event on 11th March at 7pm with speakers

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Five-hundred pound bonus for health and social care workers—local authority newsletter

Unite has welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government that health and social care workers will receive £500 one-off payment. This will be well received by those care workers who are in some of the lowest paid jobs in Scotland.

However Unite members are extremely disappointed that the Scottish Government has decided to ignore all other local government frontline workers who have worked through the pandemic. Although the below list is nowhere near exhaustive, imagine life without these workers!

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Pay claim proposals—local authority newsletter

In the recent pay survey, Unite members gave the below proposals for the forthcoming pay claim.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Unite believes that councils, elected representatives and communities can see the value of local government workers and the importance of rewarding them appropriately for their commitment before and during the pandemic.

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