Thursday, 9 August 2018


We've emailed members who we believe are in scope for this new Review, but unfortunately, we were only advised about the staff meeting on Tuesday and despite trying to arrange cover and re-organise another meeting, we’re unable to attend at the Reid Hall later today.

I’ve asked for our apologies to be announced at the meeting but thought I’d let members know via our social media channels in case we've missed anyone. We’ve also asked to be kept informed of future Review meetings so that we are able to attend and consult with our members about the proposals being made.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

2018 Pay Claim Update

We received an update from UNISON Scotland earlier this week, which has provided some information on the status of our 2018 pay claim.

Meeting with the Cabinet Secretary for Finance

UNISON Scotland met with Derek Mackay, on 26 June. The meeting went well and as expected – constructive but not conclusive.  The Scottish Government do not have a seat at our negotiating table and as such Derek Mackay cannot be seen to be negotiating local government pay – so UNISON Scotland did not anticipate walking out of that meeting with a swag of cash; this is about applying political pressure.  However we had a robust and respectful debate and he has committed to meeting again, this time jointly with COSLA.  We wrote to him again following the meeting and he has replied to that. We know that COSLA representatives have also met with him to press for additional funding to ensure parity across local government – they also had a constructive exchange of views and he has committed to going back to them following their representations.

Education: It’s ONE Team’ campaign & response from Deputy First Minister, John Swinney

UNISON Scotland and the Branch thank all the school support staff who completed the ‘Education – It’s ONE Team’ postcards. Negotiating colleague had requested a meeting with John Swinney to hand over the postcards from across Scotland, and having had no response from him at all, the Branch posted our postcards directly to Parliament before the meeting with Derek Mackay.  The response from John Swinney was disappointing to say the least; you can read it below.

Local Government: It’s ONE Team’ - Next steps of the campaign

Whilst COSLA have been consistent in their agreement with us about the need to uphold the principle of parity across the local government bargaining groups we need to give power to their elbow in their discussions with the Scottish Government and remind them that we will not give up on this. 

It was therefore agreed by our colleagues at UNISON Scotland to extend the postcard campaign to the whole of the Local Government membership.  To this end, a new postcard to the President of CoSLA has been produced for all members to signs which we will return to her all together in advance of the next meeting with them on August 31st.   Any improvement to the pay offer would have to be put to this meeting and signed off there;  the intention therefore is to ensure they know our members strength of feeling before any decisions are taken.

Our Council Stewards will get a quantity of cards in the coming days for you to sign and return back to them. They’ll then get them to the Branch Office and we’ll then send them all back to CoSLA in good time for their meeting. It’s quite a logistical exercise to get them out and back so if you don’t receive one in the next few days, please leave a message or email the Branch Office at and we’ll get one to you.

We’ll receive a further update from UNISON Scotland after the CoSLA meeting on the 31st of this month: information will be posted here and on the blog.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018


The UNISON Scotland policy briefing shown below relates to some proposals on the future structure of the 11 individual Scottish pension funds. You can read each page by clicking on them.
UNISON Angus will be represented at a forthcoming Pensions seminar on 17 August. If members have any comments or observation on the contents of the policy briefing, the details of which will be discussed at the seminar, please share them with us by e-mailing the Branch Office at Thanks!

Monday, 30 July 2018


What with annual holidays and workload, we've not been able to offer our members any drop-in time for the past few weeks. We will however be around in Room LG5 in Bruce House at the following times this week:
Tue 31 July: 1400 - 1600
Thu 2 August: 0930 - 1200
If there's sufficient demand we can also schedule a session at Angus House. Let us know by emailing the Branch Office at

Friday, 29 June 2018


The UNISON East Dunbartonshire Treasurer has been in touch to say that their four days of strike action was a huge success. Our donation and message of solidarity was much appreciated, and she asked that their thanks be passed to all our members.


We're aware that the Council has made an announcement on Yammer following the end of the consultation period. This has been a long and drawn out process for those included in the review and reading into the statement, it would seem that members will have no further information on proposals for where they'll be working, what they'll be doing and what they'll be paid for some time yet.
UNISON, both nationally and locally, are here to support you through these challenging times. Please don't hesitate to get in touch - particularly as we are now in the fortunate position of having a Branch Welfare Officer in place, Janice Corrigan. We hope to have 'UNISON' email addresses set up for Branch Officers in the near future, but in the meantime please use the address to make contact.
Be assured that as soon as we have any more information on timescales, these will be shared with you.

Monday, 11 June 2018


Further to last week's post, UNISON Workplace Contacts in Angus schools will shortly receive a supply of postcards for members. When you get one (or ask for one) please fill it in and return it to them!
The signed cards will be returned via next week’s courier run (week commencing 18 June) to the Branch Office at Bruce House. We can then arrange to forward them on to John Swinney during the last week of the month.
There are a number of larger schools without Workplace Contacts and we've today emailed members there to seek volunteers to co-ordinate the postcard distribution and collection in their school.
Further to last week's post, UNISON Workplace Contacts in Angus schools will shortly receive a supply of postcards for members. When you get one , please fill it in and return it to them!
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