Wednesday, 12 December 2018

PROPOSALS BY ANGUS COUNCIL TO CHANGE SOME TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The Branch Secretary and our Regional Organiser met senior management from the Council on Monday afternoon. At this meeting proposals were tabled by the employer to change a number of the current terms and conditions for local government staff employed at the Council.
It is our intention to consult with UNISON members employed by the Council about how these proposals will affect you. Your responses will inform us in responding to the proposals so it will be really important that you participate and let us know your views.
So, by the end of next week, we’ll have emailed you a link to a survey where you will be able to answer questions and make comments on the Council’s proposals to change some of your Terms and Conditions. The survey will be open until mid January with UNISON’s next meeting with Council management taking place on Friday 1 February. Please look out for the survey email in your inbox in the next few days.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

UNISON'S CHRISTMAS CARD CAMPAIGN


In keeping with the time of year, the UNISON Scotland Local Government Committee thought it would be nice to make sure Derek Mackay, MSP and Cabinet Secretary received our warmest wishes for the Festive Season. And to also make sure he hears loud and clear that he should be giving us the pay rise we all deserve!
Our Council Stewards and Workplace Contacts will all get a card which we hope will be signed by as many of our members as possible in their respective schools, offices and workplaces.. All the signed cards will be sent together to Holyrood so that Derek Mackay receives them in time for Christmas.
There are however a number of Council workplaces where we don't have a Workplace Contact to co-ordinate the card getting signed. So, if you can help the Branch with this, let us know and a card will quickly be on its way to you. You can reply to this message or email office@unison-angus.org.uk
We’ll also have more news soon on the ballot for industrial action and we’ll share this with you as soon as we get it.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

A MESSAGE FOR EARLY YEARS MEMBERS

Unfortunately, UNISON were not advised of the Early Years meetings being held by the Council until the first sessions had already taken place.
However, we do know about them now and we'll have a UNISON Angus rep at the meeting later today at the Kinloch Centre, Carnoustie and next Tuesday (27 November) at the Reid Hall in Forfar.
If you'd been hoping to see a rep at the earlier meeting, please contact the Branch Office and we can help you from there.

Friday, 9 November 2018


Huge vote to reject council pay offer


Pay Ballot ResultThank you to all members and activists who voted in the recent pay ballot and for all your hard work in getting out the vote.
The result of the consultative ballot is:
79% of those voting voted to reject the offer
67% of those voting voted to take industrial action, up to and including strike action in pursuit of the Joint Trade Unions pay claim.
We will inform the employer of these results tomorrow and invite them to get back around the negotiating table.
We will discuss the possibility of co-ordination of activity with our sister trade unions tomorrow and start to put in place the process for moving towards holding a statutory industrial action ballot. We will need to discuss this, and the strategy for this, with you all at the Local Government conference on the 30th November so please do start to have the conversation in your branches about what you think you could deliver (all out strike action, action short of strike, targeted action etc) and what support you would need to help secure the required turnout.
There will be further communication on this in due course but in the meantime please diarise the following:
· 9th November – TOMORROW – if any activists are available there will be a small demonstration happening outside CoSLA HQ at 12.30pm, Verity House 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH, in advance of the SJC AGM.
· Demonstration outside the meeting of COSLA Leaders meeting at 10am on Friday 30th November (the start time for the Local Government conference will be moved to accommodate – Delia will advise of these arrangements) at Verity House 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH.
· Demonstration outside the Scottish Parliament on 12th December in advance of the Scottish Budget (time tbc).
Best wishes,
Johanna Baxter
Head of Local Government (Bargaining)

Thursday, 8 November 2018

BRANCH E-MAIL

We've got some important work going on with our email platform from early afternoon today until tomorrow afternoon. We will only have limited access to them during this time so it'll take a while longer to respond to emails that are received whilst the work is going on.
Our apologies - we'll be back to normal soon!

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

PAY BALLOT......THE FINAL PUSH

The pay ballot closes at 5pm tomorrow. If you've not had chance or got round to it yet, please either visit:

https://unison.tfaforms.net/52 - you don't even need your membership number; your NI number will do!

*Phone Unison Direct on 08000 857 857.
We recommend you to reject the pay offer, which would see us receive less in their pay packet than teachers. We asked for 6.5% as we are earning less in real terms than we were in 2010/2011. For example, if you're on the top spinal point of the LG4 pay grade, you are now £3600 worse off!

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

PAY BALLOT: ONE WEEK TO GO!



If you haven't done so already, please don't forget to vote! The ballot closes at 5pm on Wednesday 7th November.
It's really easy to vote and you can do so as follows:
* Click the link in the email you received a couple of weeks ago;
* Visit https://unison.tfaforms.net/52 - you don't even need your membership number; your NI number will do!
*Phone Unison Direct on 08000 857 857.
We recommend you to reject the pay offer, which would see us receive less in their pay packet than teachers. We asked for 6.5% as we are much worse off than we were in 2010/2011. For example, if you're on the top spinal point of the LG4 pay grade, you are today £3600 short in real terms!
So, please please vote before next Wednesday!
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