Unison LGBT

Hi everyone, the information below is available on the UNISON website here. But to enable you to circulate information among your networks I have included it below:

LGBT+ Live! 13-15 November 2020

Like many other organisations, UNISON has had to cancel many of its conferences and meetings as a result of COVID-19.

But the UK’s biggest union has democracy at its heart and still wants its members to be involved.

With this in mind, UNISON’s LGBT+ members have organised a series of virtual events in place of their usual conference online – LGBT+ Live! – 13 to 15 November.

There will be a variety of online sessions that members can participate in.

How to register

These events are only open to UNISON members. To attend LGBT+ Live! you must be an LGBT+ member of UNISON. This is in line with UNISON’s commitment to self-organisation for under-represented groups.

In order to make LGBT+ Live! as accessible as possible, please let us know if there are any adjustments you will need to allow you to take part in a virtual event.

To register your interest in attending please email conferences@unison.co.uk as follows:

Please include the subject heading – LGBT+ Live!

In your email – please provide:

§  Your name

§  Your membership number

§  Your branch name

§  Any reasonable adjustments you need to participate

The registration deadline is Thursday 5 November at 5pm.

Once you’ve been registered for the event, you will be sent an email giving details of the virtual sessions you can attend, so you can register for these individually. You can attend as many or as few as you like.

So get active! Email conferences@unison.co.uk today to register to attend.

Returning to Work

We understand some people may be feeling apprehensive about returning to the work place.  
The link below takes you to the Scottish Government website for information on Individual Risk Assessments.
Our advice would be to speak to your line manager as soon as possible if you have any concerns on returning to work. 

Proposed Summer Holiday Change

As the Scottish Government has indicated the intention for all schools in Scotland to open to pupils, for blended learning, from 11th August, the school holidays in Fife will be required to end one week early, with some pupils returning to school from that date. Therefore, we would like to seek your views on your preference for the reallocation of the 5 days of school holiday. The survey is below

Branch office closure.


Branch office closure

A decision was taken yesterday to close the branch office in line with Government guidance.  We have transferred our phone line and emails are being acessed remotely.  We are getting a large amount of contact as you would expect.  Some officers have returned to their service temporarily to support essential service delivery so we would ask that you bear with us at this time.  We will get back to you it may just take a little longer than usual.

Our contact details are:
Phone 01592 583686
Email unison.fife@fife.gov.uk

You can also contact us through our app which is free from the play store search for unison fife by internetcreation and on the apple store search for unison fife.

Please do not private message our facebook page as this page is not monitored, we will continue to share information through our facebook page and our other media outlets as we get it.

We appreciate this is a hugely difficult time for us all and we will continue to support all our members.

We would advise members to adhere to all health and safety advice and also when you are out stick to physical and social distance where possible.


Debbie Thompson
Joint Trade Union Secretary
Unison Fife Branch Secretary

Latest update for Fife Council Staff

The following message was released by Fife Council on Facebook on Sunday 22nd March at  !7:02

Urgent update for all parents and carers. Please share this as widely as you can.

All parents and carers
In response to a further update on the social distancing advice, a decision has been taken to cancel the provision of meals in school buildings next week. We will provide direct payments to families with the first payment being made this week. Further information on arrangements for keyworker’s children will continue to be communicated over the coming week.

Secondary only
Given the latest public health advice, the Scottish Government has now decided that, with immediate effect, no young person should attend school. Schools will make direct contact with parents/carers and young people to advise if there are any outstanding requirements of courses that can be completed remotely, and safely, following public health advice. The SQA will be developing an assessment process and more details will follow.

Special schools
Parents of children in Special Schools will be contacted by their headteacher with updates.

Key workers
Information on our Children’s Activity Centres for key workers’ children will be sent out on Monday. Hoping to start as early next week, as we can manage. We are trying to ensure a model for the longer term that meets the needs of our young people.

Message from UNISON Fife
For regular up to date information please check your email regularly as UNISON Fife will post information out as soon as we possibly can by email and on our Facebook page  (just go to UNISON Fife on Facebook and hit like.this will automatically let you know when we have posted information on the page).  Also you can download our app for free. through play store and Apple store.search for the unison fife app by internet creation.

Update from branch

Dear UNISON member

We are all now too well aware of the unprecedented circumstances and challenges we are facing on a daily basis.  Your stewards, branch officers and support staff are working hard to ensure that your interests are at the forefront of every decision your employer makes.  We will continue to provide updates via Facebook, email and our APP as soon as they are available.  Guidance from both the Scottish and UK government is changing daily so please check these platforms regularly.

Your branch is extremely conscious of the fact that thousands of our members are front line workers who will be continuing  to deliver business critical  services across our communities.  Your safety and wellbeing is our primary concern and we will continue to ensure that steps are taken to protect your health.  If you are experiencing difficulties accessing appropriate PPE we need you to contact us immediately so we can address the situation.

For members who will be supporting service delivery from home please take time to check that your home insurance and mortgage/tenancy agreement allows for this provision.

Whilst we will take every measure to ensure that our office remains fully functioning you will appreciate that we have a responsibility to ensure the safety of our staff.  I would like to stress though that at no point during this crisis will our members be left unsupported.

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience

Stay safe

Unison Fife are moving

We’re Moving !! From the 19th of March we will be located within Buko Towers in Glenrothes. Our phone number will remain the same and we’ll update our address nearer the time. There will be limited service from the Wednesday 18th of March until Monday 24th March but we hope services will transfer smoothly in the event of a wee glitch we can be contacted on Unison.fife@fife.gov.uk.