Thursday, 13 September 2018

GREEN UNISON DAY



UNISON branches are taking part in Green UNISON Day activities today - 13 September.
This initiative comes at a crucial time following this summer’s growing evidence of the impact of climate change around the world, including heatwaves, flooding, wildfires and ice loss.
If you support this action please Yammer your ‘Green Workplace Pledge’ of things that you currently do or will pledge to do in the future to reduce your impact on our environment. Suggestions are :
• Cycling to Work;
• A Plastic Free Friday (14th September);
• Leaving your Car at Home – walk or use public transport;
• Switching off your computer and screens when you leave the office;
• E mailing your MSP’s with your concerns on the proposed Climate Change Bill;
• E mailing your local Councillors requesting that our Pensions are not invested in Fossil Fuels.
Our Branch Environment Representative Janice Corrigan can help if you'd like any more information on this initiative.
Please also watch this film The Green Lie which looks at ‘greenwashing’ and corporate hypocrisy and is one of the films that UNISON is supporting in the Take One Action Film Festival.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

PAY OFFER UPDATE!


Final offer of 3%. We asked for 6.5%. No recognition of the fact Council workers are 18% worse off than in 2010. UNISON recommend rejecting this derisory offer.
We'll be in touch soon with more info about where we go next in terms of consultative ballots. Meantime the article brings you up to speed with where things are.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

COSLA MEETING TOMORROW!

Remember that COSLA are meeting at Forfar Community Campus on Friday. There's a rally gathering at 1030. Please be there if you can and let them know what you think about a fair and decent pay rise for all of us in local government!
Your Branch Committee met on Tuesday - and here they are with the pay campaign board!

Monday, 27 August 2018

CoSLA LEADERS MEETING - RIGHT HERE IN ANGUS!

We were advised earlier today that the CoSLA Leaders meeting on Friday 31 August is to be held not in Edinburgh as usual, but at Forfar Community Campus! This is the meeting where our 2018 pay campaign postcards will be presented to the leader of CoSLA.
There will be a rally outside the meeting and UNISON Scotland are hoping that branches will be able to send a representatives along. It’s therefore an ideal opportunity for us here in Angus to show CoSLA how much we care about parity for our pay award and having a real rise which reflects how much we've lost in the last decade
So...... if you happen to be off on Friday (I was!) or can book off for an hour or so (agile workers, please note!), please do come along. The rally will start at 1030 as the meeting is due to start at 1100.
Let us know if you can make it; we hope to see you there.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

PAY CAMPAIGN POSTCARDS!

You'll recall that earlier this month our colleagues at UNISON Scotland agreed to extend the postcard campaign to the whole of the Local Government membership - our colleagues in schools had received similar postcards before the holidays and these were sent to John Swinney in late June.
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 have been getting pay campaign postcards out to members to sign and return back to them before they all get sent to CoSLA in good time for their meeting. We've not gone out to our schools again as members there had already signed cards before the summer. Nonetheless, it’s been a significant logistical exercise to get the cards out and we know we've not managed to get everywhere.
So..... if you haven't got a postcard and want to sign one, please leave a message below or email the Branch Office at office@unison-angus.org.uk and we’ll get one to you asap. Thanks!

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

VENUE CHANGE: CHILDREN, FAMILIES & JUSTICE MEMBERS MEETING

Tonight's member meeting will now take place in Meeting Room D in Bruce House, not St Andrew's Church Hall as originally stated. Apologies for the late change and short notice.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

OPERATIONAL HOUSING SERVICES REVIEW


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.

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