No happy new year for Local Government Workers.

No happy new year for Local Government Workers.

27 December, 2016

 

Council staff who work tirelessly to provide services across the festive period are being treated in a disgraceful fashion by their employers, say UNISON.

UNISON, and other local authority trade unions, lodged a pay claim with the Scottish employers in August 2016. However despite many requests employers have failed to respond to it. That’s despite arranging pay claim discussion meetings but then cancelling them at short notice.

UNISON call on Scottish local government employers to get round the table in the first days of January 2017, so we can get the new year off to a good start.

UNISON’s lead negotiator, Douglas Black said ‘this is a dreadful way to treat staff who are working exceptionally hard under extreme circumstances to deliver the services that we all rely on. The Scottish employers need to take a hard look at themselves and understand that the greatest asset they rely on are their own staff.’

Mark Ferguson, chairperson of UNISON Local Government Committee added, ‘if an offer is not forthcoming then UNISON will not hesitate to consider taking action to force the employers to the negotiating table. Local government staff are keeping our vital services going over the festive period. It’s surely not too much to ask that the employers at least respond to our pay claim.”

UNISON is contacting all local Councillors to ask them to exert pressure on the employers negotiators to address this issue immediately.

Notes

UNISON is the biggest trade union in local government in Scotland. It represents workers across public services. It is the biggest trade union in Scotland.

The claim made in August 2016 was for £1000 flat rate pay increase, continued uprating of the living wage, and discussions about a strategy to recoup some of the losses from previous years.

AGM 2017 dates

UNISON FIFE BRANCH 2017 AGM DATES

MONDAY 27TH FEBRUARY, 2017

 THE TOWN HOUSE, KIRKCALDY

BETWEEN 12:00 P.M. AND 2:00 P.M. IN COUNCIL CHAMBER

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TUESDAY 28th FEBRUARY, 2017

 NEW CITY HOUSE, DUNFERMLINE

BETWEEN 12:00 P.M. AND 2.00 P.M. IN THE KINGDOM SUITES

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TUESDAY 28th FEBRUARY, 2017

 BRANCH OFFICE, GLENROTHES

BETWEEN 6:00 P.M. AND 8.00 P.M. IN THE MEETING ROOM

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WEDNESDAY 1st MARCH, 2017

 ROTHES HALLS, GLENROTHES

BETWEEN 12:00 P.M. AND 2.00 P.M. IN ROOM 3/4

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THURSDAY 2ND MARCH, 2017

IN COUNTY BUILDINGS, CUPAR

BETWEEN 12:00 P.M. AND 2:00 P.M. IN THE COUNTY HALL

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Hot buffet lunches will be available from 12noon – meetings to commence at  12:30

 

PRIZE DRAW FOR 32” TELEVISION AT EACH MEETING

GMB Workplace Meetings

UNISON FIFE’s response to GMB workplace meetings.

 

Your local Government Branch has been made aware, by members, that our colleagues in the GMB have been participating in workplace meetings within the Education Sector in Fife.

 

UNISON members are cautioned against attending these “open” meetings as the information that is being relayed by the GMB officials in relation to employee’s in Fife Council who work within Janitorial is not accurate.

 

UNISON Fife on your behalf has contacted Fife Council who have confirmed that there are no proposals to change the grades of posts or change any Janitorial employees to term time contracts.

 

Members can be reassured that if management have any proposals to carry out any changes to contracts/grades etc that your union will be at the forefront of defending members rights and will not resort to scare tactics as a recruiting tool by suggesting that a sister trade union is not defending members interests.

Day of action at Fife College

IMG_1469 A day of action was held at Fife College on Tuesday 6th September, where college support staff were on strike over pay. All four campuses were covered, and had a good turnout. The photographs here are from the Dunfermline campus.

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Hazards Conference

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Three delegates from Unison Fife attended the Hazards Conference, 29-31 July 2016 at Keele University.

The title of the conference was “Building the Hazards Resistance to support Safety Reps to defend our lives in Brexit world”.

The opening plenary on the Friday evening consisted of a number of presentations on how Brexit could affect health and safety, and the problems caused by lack of enforcement by the HSE following funding cuts.

On the Saturday the Unison Fife delegates attended various workshops and seminars on the themes of “Dealing with risks” and “Employers offensive/workplace tyranny”; and meetings on death & suicide by overwork, and international solidarity. Stress was identified as being a major issue, and the importance of carrying out risk assessments before harm occurs was emphasised. Listening to the speakers and having discussions with other delegates gave ideas of how we can organise for and promote health and safety locally, nationally and internationally.

One of the highlights of the conference was the final plenary on the Sunday morning, with inspiring presentations by speakers including Sarah Wiktorski of the STUC’s Better than Zero campaign for young people, and the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell who got a standing ovation after saying that a Corbyn-led Labour government would restore trade union rights, ensure there was no watering down of the regulatory environment post-Brexit, and work with us to develop a new agenda of health and safety.

For more information on the Hazards Campaign, see www.hazardscampaign.org.uk