Our branch

Unite CEC Branch is branch number SC/133/86

Unite the Union is recognised by the Council for the purposes of collective bargaining for local government employees and craft operatives.

The branch is made up of elected officials and committees that support the work of the reps.

The City of Edinburgh Council provides meeting space in various workplaces. We sometimes uses facilities at the Unite Edinburgh area office at 22 York Place.

We also conduct meetings online using Webex and Microsoft Teams.

Groups in the branch

Branch committee

The branch committee is the governing body of the branch. All reps should attend.

Meetings are monthly.

The committee deals with

  • branch philosophy
  • branch policy
  • all matters related to conditions of service.

Members can

  • attend
  • submit motions to
  • read the minutes of

the branch committee.

Contact a rep to discuss.

Finance and General Purposes committee

A sub-committee consisting of elected reps that oversees the branch’s spending and resources and feeds ideas and motions into the branch committee.

Meetings are normally weekly or as needed.

Constituted in February 2019 with the F&GP committee motion, which details the remit of the committee.


  • Brian Robertson, Secretary
  • Craig Cummings, Convener
  • Graeme Smith, Vice Convener
  • Amanda Cunningham, Learning Rep
  • Andy Roberts, Health and Safety Convener
  • Angela Robinson, FM
  • Ian Urquhart, Waste
  • Marilyn Moore, Customer.

Branch officials

Craig Cummings, Convener—The convener is the leader and chief negotiator for our branch on all matters affecting the membership. The convenor chairs most meetings.

Brian Robertson, Branch Secretary and Treasurer—Deals with branch business and acts as a link with other branches and sections of UNITE. Currently our secretary acts as joint chief negotiator for the branch.

Colin Day, Craft Convener—Leader and chief negotiator for craft employees.

Andy Roberts, Health and Safety Convener—Leader on health and safety matters.

Graeme Smith, Vice Convener and New Technologies Rep—Vice chair for meetings and negotiates on matters affecting the membership, such as policy and workplace practices. Monitors and advises on the introduction and use of new technology and automation in the workplace and its impact on workers.

Amanda Cunningham, Union Learning Rep and Equalities Rep—Support your learning. Negotiates learning agreements with the council, including how much paid time off is available for learning and if that learning can take place within the workplace. Advances equalities issues in the Council and advises on branch policy.