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Friday, 29 July 2011

We're Moving!

The Branch is moving to a new office on 26 August 2011 at
10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT
New Phone: 0131 558 7488
New Fax: 0131 558 7041
Email unchanged: branchoffice@unison-edinburgh.org.uk

The office will be CLOSED on Thursday 25 August and Friday 26 August. There will be no landline phones on Thursday 25 August and email will only be accessed on a few occasions during these days.

Please bear with us and, in EMERGENCIES ONLY:

On Thursday 25 August call 07557 433 794

On Friday 26 August the new line of 0131 558 7488 should be operational ONLY to receive messages. These will be checked regularly

On both days, emails will only be checked at intervals

Normal service should be resumed on Monday 29 August.
Thanks for your co-operation. We look forward to seeing you at the new office

Why are we moving?
The move to our current George IV Bridge office was always intended to be a temporary move made in urgency after the lease at St Giles Street was terminated to house temporary offices for the new Scottish Parliament. George IV Bridge does not meet accessibility requirements and is not DDA compliant.

What was our criteria for new premises?
The branch has repeatedly set out the following criteria for new premises:-
a) Accessible in terms of disability
b) Accessible in terms of public transport for members
c) A central location for members and within easy reach of City of Edinburgh Council HQ where most meetings with management take place.

Details of proposed new premises
10 Infirmary Street is a modern office which was part of the redevelopment of Infirmary Street baths. The Branch will be leasing the office space on the second floor.

The office meets all of the Branch criteria in that it is on several bus routes, there is local parking, it is DDA compliant and it is within easy reach of the main Council HQ buildings and City Chambers. There is a lift and disabled toilet provision. It has been approved by UNISON HQ.

The building is heated via a geo-thermal system. It is bright with large windows in the walls and ceiling. It has plenty space for staff, officers and touch down desks for conveners and stewards.

There is a welcoming reception area with seating for visitors. A meetings room can accommodate most branch sub-committees and there is a large open-plan table area for other meetings. Officers can meet members confidentially in the meetings room or another room which backs on to it.

There is a print room/postage area and an open plan kitchen area off the main room with the relevant appliances.

Check out the website for full details http://www.unison-edinburgh.org.uk/

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