Kevin McGuire, treasurer

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Kevin McGuire

  • Name: Kevin McGuire
  • Where do you work?: I work as a PPP Monitoring Officer for the Council, which basically means that I ensure the delivery of a variety of services by the PPP contractors in the PPP2 primary schools and the Dalkeith Schools Community Campus.
  • Role on Committee: Branch Treasurer
  • What does that involve?: I look after the money.  I make sure all the branch’s bills and expenses claims are correct and paid on time, I bank any income received, and then I record everything in a ledger.
  • How long have you been involved in unions?  I first joined NALGO when I started work in the former Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade in 1983, but, as the son of a miner, I was taken to miners’ gala days in Edinburgh for as long as I can remember.
  • Why did you join?  I joined the union because I was brought up to respect trade unions and membership was actively encouraged in my first workplace.
    • What do you get out of it? I enjoy being a part of a small, hard-working, dedicated team of good people in the branch.
  • Why should other people join?:  People should join the union, so that they have a ready source of advice and support in these uncertain times.  Unions have fought hard over the years to win many of the conditions in place just now and are fighting hard to defend them.

Helping Food Banks in Midlothian


In amongst the fun, fizz and burgers, if you’re going to the Mayfield Gala, you might want to spare a thought for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.  We’re going to be at Mayfield Gala Day on Saturday 6 June 2015 to accept food donations for the Midlothian Food Bank.

You’ll find us inside the pavilion at the park.  We’ll be grateful for all donations but if you can, please give us the kind of foods that won’t go out of date or end up having to be thrown out.  Fruit juice cartons, rice, pasta, or tinned goods will be absolutely perfect, and thank you in advance for your help in supporting our local community.

Vote to protect public services

Care for It campaignDave Prentis, Unison’s general secretary, has urged us all to vote for public services on May 7, the UK General Election.

 Dear friend,

We’re now at the end of a very long general election campaign. You’ve heard what the politicians have to say and now it’s your turn.

UNISON members have told me again and again that the things they’re most worried about are the rising costs of living, job security and the future of the NHS. With the election so close your vote will have a direct bearing on all of these important issues.

So please make sure you vote – and vote for the future of our public services.

With very best wishes

Dave Prentis

UNISON general secretary