Telematics policy—controlling the ‘spy in the cab’

On Tuesday 23 May, the telematics policy will go to the Policy and Sustainability Committee for approval by the councillors. The Joint Trade Unions of Edinburgh Council (Unite, Unison and GMB) have been negotiating on this policy since June 2022.

The unions have not agreed the policy as a collective agreement.

Through open and meaningful negotiation, we have come a long way in improving the policy to protect the workforce against misuse of this powerful surveillance tool.

Here is a summary of the matters discussed and the improvements made.

Read the telematics policy going for approval.

What is telematics?

Telematics refers to technology that monitors how you are driving:

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Flexi: clarity and the changes

We are in consultation about the scheme of flexible working hours—have your say

We are currently in consultation with the Council about flexible working arrangements and would like to hear what members want to see in the new system.

To have your say, email our vice convener Graeme Smith at We also encourage you to raise your concerns using askHR.

Graeme Smith, vice convener, brings us an update—and some much needed clarity on the proposals and discussions.

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Winter update: policies in the Council and in Unite Scotland

It has been a busy few months, with the branch involved in

  • policy reviews with the Council
  • shaping Unite policy at the Scottish Policy Conference
  • scrutinising the Council’s recently released budget

as well as supporting members at work and through organisational reviews, with two underway in Early Years and Localities.

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