Activists required

The People’s Assembly Scotland to which UNJISON is affiliated are holding a rally this Saturday, at the Donald Dewar steps in Glasgow at 1pm, calling for General Election Now and an end to austerity.

Anyone interested in participating in this can have their travel costs reimbursed through the Unison Fife branch. Keep hold of your travel receipts and claim back retrospectively.

Pay Offer Ballot

Members are currently being balloted for the revised pay offer.
Anyone who has not had a ballot paper should contact UNISON Direct on 0800 0857 857 and they will get the link to register their vote. They should also contact the Branch Office with a contact email address for any future mailings.

The document below gives more details into the offer and the ballot

SLG Second Pay Ballot Cons FAQs 140119

Winter Fuel Grant

Final Winter Fuel Grant Poster 2018 19

Final Winter Fuel Grant Q And A 2018 19

Final Winter Fuel Grant Application Form 2018 19

Local Government Pay ballot

Result of LG Pay Ballot

Thank you to all members and activists who voted in the recent pay ballot and for all your hard work in getting out the vote.

The result of the consultative ballot is:
• 79% of those voting voted to reject the offer
• 67% of those voting voted to take industrial action, up to and including strike action in pursuit of the Joint Trade Unions pay claim.

We will inform the employer of these results tomorrow and invite them to get back around the negotiating table.

We will discuss the possibility of co-ordination of activity with our sister trade unions tomorrow and start to put in place the process for moving towards holding a statutory industrial action ballot. We will need to discuss this, and the strategy for this, with you all at the Local Government conference on the 30th November so please do start to have the conversation in your branches about what you think you could deliver (all out strike action, action short of strike, targeted action etc) and what support you would need to help secure the required turnout.

Unison Fife Woman’s Group

Unison Fife Woman’s Group Meeting
Date – Tuesday October 2nd
Time – 6pm – 9pm
Venue – Fife House Glenrothes in Committee Room 1
Refreshments available
Come along and join Unison Fife Women’s Group for an informal, friendly and informative evening.
We have Angie Addison a Financial Consultant coming along, she has an understanding of the Local Government Pension Scheme and the State Pension, Angie can give us some answers to questions regarding pensions and offer some sensible advice.
We are starting our evening an hour earlier than usual for this session, bur, please come along at a time that suits you.
We will also be having a discussion about a Charity, Smalls for All. This is a UK based Charity that sends Bra’s to Countries Abroad. Kathleen has been looking into this and will have more information available on Tuesday Evening.
Future Dates – Tuesday 13th November – Christmas Creativity with RosieMay.
Mid December – Christmas Meal out, possibly in the Kirkcaldy Area with a venue to be decided.
Margaret Pollock and Kathleen Gourlay
Shared Unison Fife Women’s Officers

Pay Offer Update

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard in engaging members in the ONE Team campaign. We delivered thousands of postcards to the COSLA President at our rally outside the meeting of COSL Leaders on the 31st August.

All of that hard work resulted in a revised pay offer being agreed by COSLA Leaders that day. You can read the detail of that offer here.

Your Local Government Committee met to consider the offer on Friday 7th September and agreed to recommend REJECTION of the offer when we consult members in the coming weeks.

There are a number of reasons for this recommendation which we outlined to the employer at the meeting of the Scottish Joint Council held on Friday 14th September and in writing following that meeting. You can read our letter to the employer here.

Whilst we await a response from the employer we are putting in place arrangements for the consultative ballot and will have information on this as soon as possible.

Local Government Pay update

Thanks to everyone who has been working so hard on the Local Government Pay campaign. Here’s a brief update on where we are in negotiations and the next steps of the campaign:

Update on Discussions with Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Derek Mackay
The last meeting with Derek Mackay, on the 26th June, went well and as expected – constructive but not conclusive. The Scottish Government do not have a seat at our negotiating table and as such Derek Mackay cannot be seen to be negotiating local government pay – so we did not anticipate walking out of that meeting with a swag of cash, this is about applying political pressure. However we had a robust and respectful debate and he has committed to meeting again, this time jointly with COSLA. We wrote to him again following the meeting and he has replied to that – both letters are attached for your information. We know that COSLA representatives have also met with him to press for additional funding to ensure parity across local government – they also had a constructive exchange of views and he has committed to going back to them following their representations.

‘Education: It’s ONE Team’ campaign & response from Deputy First Minister, John Swinney
The ‘Education – It’s ONE Team’ campaign was *brilliant* so a massive thanks to everyone who participated in that. In little over two weeks we managed to collect, collate and deliver almost 3,500 postcards to Parliament – that’s 3,500 individual actions by members in a targeted group of our local government membership and countless more conversations about it across branches. The message resonated. A number of branches secured positive media coverage of the campaign with the pro forma press release and featured it on their social media accounts.

Having requested a meeting with John Swinney to hand over the postcards, and having had no response from him at all, we delivered the postcards directly to Parliament before the meeting with Derek Mackay. This was featured on social media and our press release was written up in a number of news outlets. John Swinney has now responded to our letters and campaign – a disappointing response – and that letter is also attached for your information.

‘Local Government: It’s ONE Team’ – Next steps of the campaign
Whilst COSLA have been consistent in their agreement with us about the need to uphold the principle of parity across the local government bargaining groups we need to give power to their elbow in their discussions with the Scottish Government and remind them that we will not give up on this.

It has therefore agreed to extend the campaign to the whole of the Local Government membership. The postcards worked so well with our members in education that it has been agreed we should do a similar exercise with the wider membership. To this end we have a new postcard (below and attached) which we are asking all members to send to the President of COSLA in advance of the next meeting of COSLA Leaders on the 31st August. Any improvement to the pay offer would have to be put to, and signed off at, this meeting so the intention is to ensure they know members strength of feeling before any decisions are taken.

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