Friday, 24 February 2017

Recall AGM 2 March

Thursday 2 March 2017 in the Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the latest.

The AGM of 9 February was short of the 200 members needed to have a legal AGM. Thanks and apologies to the 120 members who did attend.
We MUST have an AGM if the branch is to be able to represent you this year.
Without an AGM we cannot...
  • Elect your officers for 2017
  • Approve the financial statement and consider updates on issues like pay, transformation and workloads. Please try to be there on the 2nd.
The papers for 9 February still apply can be accessed on the website by clicking here.

For Creche or Carers Allowance, contact 558 7488

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Edinburgh budget response: Defending services or administering austerity?

UNISON's Tom Connolly made the following submission to Edinburgh City Council's budget meeting today as Joint Trade Unions Staff Side Secretary.  

As we come towards the end of the organisational review processes associated with the Transformation programme, we have witnessed the loss of over 1400 jobs.

We have real concerns of the current and future impact on our member’s terms and conditions, their lack of resources and excessive workloads and the negative impact that this has on the services provided to the most vulnerable and deprived.

Monday, 23 January 2017

New newsheet online

Latest updates on council cuts and updates on Pay, Transformation, Health and Social Care integration and Schools and Lifelong Learning. Get the pdf here

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Health and Social Care briefing

Health and Social Care integration: Proposed model will increase workloads and affect services. Avoidance of Disputes and major concerns about workloads. (pdf)

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

UNISON meeting: All social care workers & assistants in homecare & reablement FRI 14 OCT 2016

East Neighbourhood Office
101 Niddrie Mains Road
EH16 4DS
1.30–2.30 or 2.30–3.30

You will be aware that we have now entered Phase 2 of the Health & Social Care/NHS Integration Process. UNISON is aware of concerns raised as to the accuracy of the information being passed to you by senior management. With this in mind, UNISON is holding two workplace meetings for all UNISON members with the purpose of answering any questions that you have.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Thursday, 18 August 2016

UNISON: Andrew Burns ‘respectful, positive and constructive’ in dealings with unions

UNISON City of Edinburgh Branch has reacted to the news that Edinburgh Council leader Andrew Burns is to stand down at the next election.

UNISON Edinburgh lead negotiator Tom Connolly said: “Andrew has always made himself available to UNISON and the other trade unions and has engaged with us on regular basis throughout his time as leader. He has always done this in a respectful, positive and constructive manner.”

Along with the unions, Andrew Burns played an important role in stopping the wholesale privatisation of Edinburgh’s services. His willingness to forge alliances and cooperation with others where they had a common aim to defend Edinburgh’s services led to the unique Capital Coalition.

John Stevenson, Edinburgh Branch President added: “Huge challenges face Andrew for the rest of his term of office as local government carries the lion’s share of Westminster and Holyrood cuts. Not least of those will be how to stand by the pledge of no compulsory redundancies.”