The TUC dates for rep training are online, with the next course for new reps starting on Monday 12 January—and another starting Monday 19 January. The courses are listed for Edinburgh, Fife and Glasgow, but they are delivered online, so you can attend any.
To become a rep you need to attend union reps 1 and 2 training—this can be from Unite, ideally, or from the TUC. We’ll publish the Unite training dates as soon as we know them.
You are entitled to paid time off to attend under the facilities agreement.
According to Unite the Union rules reps and branch officials are elected for a three year term. The current cycle ends March 2021 meaning that the branch must hold an election for all reps and branch officials.
The date has not yet been set but will likely be end February/early March 2021. Anyone (current and new) wishing to be a rep and/or a branch official must have 1 nomination and 1 seconder who are fully paid up members of Unite (CEC branch). Additionally, the person seeking the nomination cannot be in arrears of of their union dues.
Unite Scotland’s education team are running courses online on Zoom. This is a great opportunity to get involved in your union.
Our next election period is January to March 2021, when all positions in the branch—from workplace rep to branch official—are up for grabs. Now is the chance to start a new venture, learn important skills and make a real difference in your workplace.
Contact the branch officers with any questions or to discuss what it’s like to be Unite rep.
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