Localities review

Get support and make your voie heard as the Council reviews the localities model

The localities review started on 2 March and is set to impact over 700 staff across Communities and Families and Place. Potential outcomes include:

  • changes to jobs—from small to significant
  • job losses
  • changes to the department you are in and how you are managed.

As with all reviews it is important that you have your say. If you spot a better way of doing things, you should propose this.

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Summer update: reviews, reviews, reviews

Several organisational reviews have recently taken place, are underway or are planned by our employer.  Some are increasing the workforce, some reducing and some changing structures and ways of working.  Our branch, members and wider workforce have experienced some positive results and some negative outcomes through these reviews. Continue reading “Summer update: reviews, reviews, reviews”

Council budget consultation 2018/19

We recommend that you complete and submit your views on the council’s current budget consultation. Read about the impacts of the current proposals and our recommendations for when submitting the consultation below.

Complete the budget consultation online

You can also submit the paper booklet, which is available from any council office or library.

The consultation closes on 19 December 2017.

Our branch committee has examined the council’s budget proposals and is in the process of producing a formal response.

Council’s proposals

The council’s  proposals, if carried, will see the loss of a further 80 to 100 posts in 2018. They will also see the removal or massive reduction of several council services:

  • The Sign Workshop will close, 6 jobs may be lost
  • Night Noise Team to disband, 6 jobs at risk
  • Early Years Services to lose a massive £885,000 and more than 25 posts
  • Disability Day Services to lose £650,000 and up to 20 posts
  • Strategy and Insight to lose around 20 posts and £1 million from its budget
  • Waste Collection will lose 36 jobs—12% of workforce—and half a million pounds
  • Economic Development will lose £1 million—10% of budget—over the next 3 years. Inevitably, staff, knowledge and skills will leave the council
  • Community Recycling Centres will lose 6 posts and have changes to working conditions imposed on staff in a bid to cut £200,000 from the budget.

Cuts, not savings

Most other council services will be adversely affected by this budget and there is, as yet, no sign of how the £3 to £4 million gap in Adult Social Care might be dealt with.

We have already gone through 2 years of transformation and lost around 2,000 valued colleagues and their skills, knowledge and experience. The new cycle of transformation has already started with Executive Support, Strategy and Insight and Democratic Services being re-reviewed despite their reviews concluding less than 1 and a half years ago.

The view of the branch committee is that our public service and the workforce that delivers it can no longer sustain these cuts. Absence due to stress is at an all time high in our council as we battle wearily to deliver much-depleted services to our fellow citizens. The workforce can’t take it and the services are crumbling.

Take action

We believe that the only way to save our services, our jobs and our health is to take considered, collective action.

We believe you joined Unite because this union has a strong record of fighting against injustice. These cuts —along with those of the past few years and the tripling of these over the next two years—are the biggest injustice our council, our workforce and the citizens of our city have experienced in decades.

We urge you to take part in the budget consultation and suggest you include, as part of your submission, the following:

    • There should be no compulsory redundancies
    • There should be no job cuts
    • There should be no service cuts
    • The council must take measures to reduce stress in the workplace
    • The council must take measures to alleviate the problems of de-skilling of the workforce caused by the reductions in headcount that have occurred in the past two years
    • The council should work with other councils, COSLA and the Scottish and UK Governments to create a fairer local government financing system that includes:
      • a Tourism Levy
      • debt interest amnesty or reduction from the Public Works and Loans Board (PWLB)
      • workplace parking levy
      • supermarket levy
      • a fairer local taxation mechanism
      • a Revenue Support Grant from the Scottish Government that fully recognises the needs of the council and its citizens.
    • any workplace issues you may have faced or witnessed
    • any issues you feel strongly about as a citizen of, or worker in, Edinburgh.

Thank you for your support

Brian Robertson
Unite CEC Branch Secretary

If you have any other suggestions for responses to the budget consultation, let us know in the comments below!

Janitors and facilities review meeting on 27 November

We have arranged a mass joint meeting of UNISON and UNITE members on Monday 27 November 2017 from 6:30 to 7:30pm at Augustine Church, George IV Bridge, EH1 1EL.

We hope you can join us to discuss the Facilities Management review and what it will mean for you. The meeting will be followed by a 15 minute demonstration outside the City Chambers where the budget consultation meeting will be held. Bring your thoughts and your flags.

Brian Robertson, Unite CEC branch secretary, 0749 359 7149
Gerry Stovin, UNISON City of Edinburgh service conditions officer, 0131 558 7488 



Justice for cleaners

We invite all City of Edinburgh Council cleaners — Unite members and non-members — to a pre-review meeting to discuss what can be done to ensure the organisational review for cleaners is fair, open and honestly pays attention to the concerns and views of the workforce.

The meeting is on Thursday 9 November 2017 from 12 to 3pm in the Dean of Guild Room of the City Chambers at 253 High Street.

We will provide a buffet lunch and transport costs.

The review is going to happen — the decision you have to make is whether you want to have your say or not.

Organise, unionise and realise how you can make the upcoming review work for you, instead of having it done to you.

Contact Brian Robertson, branch secretary, if you are interested but cannot make the meeting on 0749 359 7149 brian.robertson2@unitetheunion.org.