Local authority news: Key workers are key

Unite continues to press the Scottish Government to do the right thing by the key workers who are

  • keeping this country operating
  • caring for our loved ones
  • taking away our refuse
  • supporting our kids at school.

Sign the STUC’s Time 2 Pay Workers petition to help the cause.

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Unite Executive Council elections

The elections for Unite’s Executive Council opened on 18 May 2020 and all members should have their ballot papers by 8 June 2020. If you don’t receive your ballot by then, call 0800 783 3856.

Your ballot must be received by noon on 18 June 2020.

These elections decide your representatives on the Executive Council from 20 June 2020 to 30 April 2023.

We encourage our members to vote for

  • Eddie Cassidy and Katrina Currie for the Scottish seats
  • Jimmy Mann and Kathy Smith for the Local Authority seats.

Read about all the candidates.

Annual leave: agreed COSLA guidance and CEC’s position

Read our analysis of the Council’s current position on annual leave in light of COSLA guidance and legislative changes

Photo above by Viko Mozara, courtesy of unsplash

The coronavirus situation has caused several concerns around annual leave to be raised. Some of the main concerns are:

  • when to take annual leave
  • carrying forward annual leave to following years
  • using annual leave for wellbeing purposes
  • lack of flexibility over annual leave booked prior to lockdown
  • stress caused by lockdown.

Edinburgh Council’s guidance

The council’s current guidance, covering permanent employees, says that you should take annual leave during the current annual leave year unless there are “operational reasons” precluding this. Employees unable to take annual leave as normal may be permitted to carry forward a maximum of 10 days into leave year 2020/2021 only in “exceptional circumstances” and where essential services demands permit.

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