H&S and Disabled Members webinar 09 Dec.

UNISON’s H&S Committee and its Disabled Members Committee planned to host a face-to-face webinar in December on several covid-related topics.

Unfortunately, due to planned rail action on Fridays/Saturdays throughout December, we have had to change this to an online MS Teams event.

We’ve also decided to split the content and run it over three separate webinars, with the remaining two taking place in the first half of 2023.

The webinar is being held on 9th December 2023, between 10:30am to 12:30pm, and is an employment law session by Thompson’s solicitors giving you a chance to get some top advice in relation to covid-related cases you’re involved in, and will also include an update on emerging case law.

There will also be a very brief update on Year of Disabled Workers to advise you of some ‘asks’ that UNISON’s General Secretary Christina McAnea is asking of all branches.

Use this link to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/465070507407

We hope you register for the event and hope to see you on the 9th.

Response from Kate Forbes to our request for a meeting

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Kate Forbes, has responded to our request for a meeting with herself, the First Minister and COSLA to discuss LG finance and implications for pay – her response is attached for your information.  In short she has stated that she is not prepared to meet with us. You will be as appalled by this as we are.  We have issued the attached press release in response.

UNISON Scotland Media release

UNISON to ballot 25,000 school staff and waste and recycling workers for strike over pay tomorrow, after Kate Forbes refuses offer of last-ditch talks

UNISON will start an industrial action ballot tomorrow (Friday 10 June) for 25,000 local government workers in schools, early years, waste and recycling across Scotland. The ballot will take 7 weeks and will close on 26 July. 

UNISON are recommending the workforce vote yes to strike action as the only way left to move the employer’s position.  They intend to shut schools across Scotland when children return after the school summer break.

In a last-ditch attempt to avert industrial action processes UNISON wrote to the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and Minister of Finance Kate Forbes, on 1 June to ask that they meet with the trade unions to discuss the funding for local authorities to improve the pay offer.

Kate Forbes has written to UNISON today and said ‘it would not be appropriate to interfere in these negotiations, given their devolved nature’ and that ‘it is therefore for you to negotiate with COSLA and ‘respectfully declined the tripartite meeting being proposed by COSLA’.

Johanna Baxter, UNISON Scotland head of local government said: “Local government workers have been offered a miserly 2%.  With inflation at a 40 year high this goes nowhere near compensating them for the cost-of-living crisis or the loss in the value of their pay following real terms pay cuts over a decade of austerity. This comes on the back of the Scottish government announcing cuts to public services that Margaret Thatcher would be proud of, in their recent spending review.” “The fact they will not sit down with COSLA and the trade unions to try and find a solution is a kick in the teeth to all local government workers. They have forgotten already who was educating our children, cleaning our communities, caring for our vulnerable and burying our dead throughout the pandemic. Local government workers keep society running. We have no option left and will ballot 25,000 school, nursery and waste and recycling workers tomorrow.”

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meetings (AGM) of the UNISON Stirling Branch of UNISON will be held online as follows: –

Wednesday 23rd February 2022, 12-2p.m

The meeting will be held virtually via video conference on Teams. The link for the AGM will be sent to members that have confirmed attendance by no later than Tuesday 22ndFebruary 2022 along with the relevant papers. In order to ensure the meeting can comply with UNISON national guidance, we request that you confirm by email that you will be attending the AGM.

Please reply by email to The Branch Secretary, Lorraine Thomson, thomsonl34s@stirling.gov.uk to confirm attendance and include your; name, workplace and current e-mail. AGM papers will be attached to the Teams video link once attendance is confirmed the day before the AGM. Should any member not attend the AGM with a copy of the AGM papers please e-mail the branch directly.

Please reply as early as possible, to allow us to send out the relevant papers and your link to the meeting. You will receive the papers the day before the AGM.

If you wish to attend the AGM but do not have access to a computer, or have an access requirement, then please get in touch at the address below and we will do our utmost to facilitate your participation in the meeting by arranging an additional teleconference AGM for you.

If you have any motions/items for the Annual General Meeting please submit to the branch by the 16th February 2022 for inclusion within the Final Agenda.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM. Should you have any questions regarding the AGM please contact me at thomsonl34s@stirling.gov.uk or tel 01786 233 093.

For more info please visit www.stirlinuison.co.uk or follow our UNISON Stirling Facebook page and Twitter account to stay up to date on our AGM, the pay campaign and all other branch business.

Annual General Meetings

The Annual General Meetings (AGM) of the UNISON Stirling Branch of UNISON will be held online as follows: –

Wednesday 23rd February 2022, 12-2p.m

The meeting will be held virtually via video conference on Teams. The link for the AGM will be sent to members that have confirmed attendance by no later than Tuesday 22ndFebruary 2022 along with the relevant papers. In order to ensure the meeting can comply with UNISON national guidance, we request that you confirm by email that you will be attending the AGM.

Please reply by email to The Branch Secretary, Lorraine Thomson, thomsonl34s@stirling.gov.uk to confirm attendance and include your; name, workplace and current e-mail. AGM papers will be attached to the Teams video link once attendance is confirmed the day before the AGM. Should any member not attending the AGM wish a copy of the AGM papers please e-mail the branch directly.

Please reply as early as possible, to allow us to send out the relevant papers and your link to the meeting. You will receive the papers the day before the AGM.

If you wish to attend the AGM but do not have access to a computer, or have an access requirement, then please get in touch at the address below and we will do our utmost to facilitate your participation in the meeting by arranging an additional teleconference AGM for you.

If you have any motions/items for the Annual General Meeting please submit them to the branch by the 16th February 2022 for inclusion within the Final Agenda.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM. Should you have any questions regarding the AGM please contact me at thomsonl34s@stirling.gov.uk or tel 01786 233 093.

For more info please visit www.stirlingunison.co.uk or follow our UNISON Stirling Facebook page and Twitter account to stay up to date on our AGM, the pay campaign and all other branch business.