Unison Fife Woman’s Group

Unison Fife Woman’s Group


Calling all Female Members & Colleagues, Please come along and join us in our Women’s Group

Remaining Programme for the Year Ahead


Tuesday 31st May                   Police Scotland Self Defence

Tuesday 28th June                  Summer Social Night (TBA)

Tuesday 30th August              Equality and Rights at Work

Tuesday 4th October               Arlene Russell Breast Cancer Now

Tuesday 15th November         Movie Night Suffragettes

Tuesday 6th December           Christmas Social Night (TBA)


All Meetings are held at Fife House Glenrothes 7-9pm


The Following Fife Roadshows will also be taking place at: –


Kirkcaldy Glebe Park Community Centre

Wednesday 8th June 2016 from 7 – 9pm


Bell Baxter High School, Cupar

Wednesday 14th September 2016 from 7 – 9pm


Please come along and discover the benefits of Unison membership.  Information & benefits available to you include:

Members’ Discounts/Assistance with work issues/Disciplinary hearings/Accident claims & benefits/Insurance/Legal Assistance/Free Wills/ etc.  Our Woman’s group programme will also be available, Pathways and more.

School Uniform Grants

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What are UNISON There for You School Uniform Grants?

In addition to our normal range of services and in response to the growing difficulties many members on low income  face,  a programme has been put in place that will assist our most vulnerable members with the cost of purchasing school uniforms.


How much are the Grants?

They are one-off grants of £40.00 per school age child, up to a total of £120.00


Am I eligible?

To be eligible you must be:


  • A member who has paid 4 weeks subscriptions before the launch date of this programme (23/5/16)


  • Have a total net annual household income of £18,000 or less. [Note:By household income we mean net earnings after tax, national insurance, pension deductions  of you, your partner and any other adults living in the property.   Please also refer to next bullet point:


  • The following is not included as income for the purpose of this specific grants programme:
  • Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payments, Child Benefit and the childcare cost element only of Working Tax Credit


  • Responsible for meeting household bills and struggling to pay them
  • Financially responsible for the child/children.
  • Not eligible for funding for uniform costs from your Local Authority


Is there anything else that may affect my entitlement to apply?

  • Members and their partners must not have combined savings or, a rolling bank balance of more than £800.00. Savings of any other adults in the household do not apply


  • You must not have received financial assistance from UNISON There for You during the previous six months


  • Applications are limited to one per household
  • Ensure you send all requested paperwork with the form or the application cannot be accepted


How do I apply?

To apply for a School Uniform Grant simply:


  • Print out and complete the short 2-page application form that is attached to this email



  • Contact Unison Direct on 0800 0857 857 for a form to be posted to you


  • Provide us with evidence of your entire household income by sending copies of :
    • You and your partner (if applicable) last month’s payslip(s)
    • Last full month’s bank statements for all bank accounts held by you and your partner (if applicable)


  • Submit the form along with the completed short survey by 15 July 2016.


  • Post your application including all supporting paperwork to: UNISON Welfare, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY.


Where can I go for further help or advice?


There is a limited amount of funding in the school uniform grants programme and once it has been exhausted no further awards for the year can be made.  However if you are facing unforeseen hardship it may be possible for you to apply to our general grants programme.  We will let you know if this applies to you.

For further information, please see our web pages at www.unison.org/thereforyou, contact your Branch Welfare Officer or the There for You Support Team on  020 7121 5620  or email thereforyou@unison.co.uk.   If you are experiencing difficulty with credit card and other consumer debts, please refer to our additional  information at https://www.unison.org.uk/get-help/services-support/there-for-you/debtline-support/, or contact our Debline direct on 0800 389 3302.






LGBT Conference

2016 UNISON LGBT Conference

Please find attached the Conference Bulletin for the 2016 UNISON Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Conference.

This Bulletin is being sent by e-mail via all service groups, to Branch Secretaries, Branch Chairs, Branch Admin Staff, Branch Equal Opps Officers, LGB&T Officers and Young Members Contacts.  The bulletin will also be available on the UNISON Conference website so individual members can access the information directly online https://www.unison.org.uk/events/lgbt-conference-2016/.

Please note the important deadlines for delegate registration, motions submission, and applications for crèche and reasonable adjustments.

Please pass this information on to the relevant structures in your branch to encourage members to attend the conference.

Members who are not out in their branch
Members who are not out to their branch secretary should contact their regional LGBT officer if they wish to attend, who will act as an intermediary between the branch and the member.  The regional officer will discuss their attendance with the branch, while protecting the member’s confidentiality.  Branches must be aware that they have LGBT members wishing to be involved in self-organisation.  The rules on fair representation still apply and the branch will still pay the member’s expenses for attending the conference, but via the regional officer.  Details of regional officers are on the web at www.unison.org.uk/out or are available from Carola Towle, UNISON LGBT Officer e-mail out@unison.co.uk.

Click here for 2016_LGBT_Conference_Bulletin

If you require any assistance please contact the Conference Office on 0207-121 5123.

College Cuts

UNISON Fife are angered at yet more cuts to college places in Fife.  There has already been over 4000 cuts to student places and this latest news will see the removal of an entire course by 2020.  These cuts fly in the face of the Scottish Goverment’s commitment to increasing modern apprenticeships across Scotland to 30,000 places, the loss of this course will have a significant detrimental impact on the aspirations of future students as well as a disastrous impact to the local economy and  the future of this sector in Fife.  UNISON Fifes’ local stewards have written to the College principal voicing their concerns:

UNISON reps at Fife College would like to register our concern and disappointment at your decision to cut all motor vehicle programmes from the Fife College prospectus and the fact that the decision seems to have been taken with no attempt made to consult with college trade unions. These courses have been delivered successfully in both of the pre-merged colleges for some years and we would really like a more detailed explanation of what the Fife College management feel has changed in this area.