Our Annual General Meeting will be held in the Arts Centre, Dalkeith on Thursday 8 February 2018, there are two meeting times – 12.00noon for 12.30pm start and 4.00pm for 4.30pm start.  Please see paperwork attached.





Care Workers – Scottish Social Services Council Briefings (SSSC)


IMPORTANT – Scottish Social Services Council Briefings (SSSC)

We are holding briefings next week regarding the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and would strongly urge you to attend one of these.

If you are not directly registered with the SSSC you may know someone who is, or who is likely to be in the future, and we would appreciate your help in passing this information on.

The briefings are to discuss:  Who is the SSSC : Why you need to be registered : How you can contact them : When you need to contact them.

The briefing dates and times are as follows:

Wednesday 28 June 2017

1.30pm to 2.30pm – Mayfield Club

Our Vice Chair, Lorna, & Steward, Denise, will be at this along with one of our Organisers.

3.00pm to 4.00pm – Highbank/Staff Room

Our Vice Chair, Lorna will be at this along with one of our Organisers.

3.00pm to 4.00pm – Newbyres/room booked

Our Service Conditions Officer, Aileen will be at this along with one of our Organisers.

Thursday 29 June 2017

1.30pm to 2.30pm – Cowan Court/room booked

Our Service Conditions Officer, Aileen & Steward James, will be at this along with one of our Organisers.

3.30pm to 4.30pm – UNISON Midlothian office – Jarnac Court, Dalkeith

Our Service Conditions Officer’s, Lorna & Aileen, & Steward James will be at this along with one of our Organisers.

We look forward to seeing you next week.

Grace Chalmers

Branch Secretary







We will be attending UNISON Conference week commencing 19 June 2017, therefore, there will be limited availability for representation.  If you have an issue which cannot wait, then please contact us between 9.30am and 3.00pm, Monday to Thursday, on 0131 654 1129, or email us: office@unison-midlothian.org.uk.  If your enquiry can wait we would appreciate you giving us a call week commencing 26 June 2017.

We would appreciate your patience and understanding with these changes for next week.

Grace Chalmers

Branch Secretary


Midlothian Council want to change your terms & conditions of employment


Midlothian Council wish to change your terms and conditions of employment. UNISON Midlothian branch have been in talks with management for 40 weeks and have got as far as we can by negotiation. UNISON believes our members should decide whether or not the proposed changes are acceptable. Midlothian flyer side 1-2

In the next few days members will receive a ballot paper which will ask you to either accept or reject the councils proposals. The mail out will include a pre-paid return envelope. 

The proposed changes to take us forward are:

1. Grades 1-4, there will be a basic pay increase to everyone please see enclosed chart;

2. Public Holidays – The employer is replacing 5 public holidays with 6 days of annual leave. The remaining public holidays would then be 2 days at Christmas and 2 days at New Year;

3. Additional non financial benefits – employee discount reward scheme for many of the high street stores including supermarkets and travel;

4. Improved discounts on Council sponsored activities i.e. Leisure Centres;

5. Part time employees – If you work regular overtime, you will be asked if you want to increase your hours on a permanent basis to make it part of your contract of employment;

6. Overtime premiums will be paid from the 41st hour onwards at time and a quarter. Standby will be increased from £80 to £140 per week or £20 per 24 hours;

7. Working during the day on Saturday’s and Sunday’s will be paid at plain time;

8. Night working will be paid at time and one fifth, between 10.00pm and 6.00am;

9. Three year pay protection to all who will lose money due to the proposed changes to Contractual Terms and Conditions;

10. Further commitment to address any employees who might remain in detriment will be ongoing over the next 3 years;

11. Midlothian Council will support Lifelong Learning with the trade unions in which we can encourage learning in order to help grow secure and positive destinations.

Branch Drop In Sessions:

The branch will be holding drop in sessions for any members who have questions about the Council proposed changes to terms and conditions of employment: 

  • Tuesday 14th June: 4pm – 6pm – 29 – 35, Jarnac Court, Dalkeith, EH22 1HU
  • Thursday 16th June: 2pm – 4pm – 29 – 35, Jarnac Court, Dalkeith, EH22 1HU

Please feel free to come along and speak to the branch about any concerns you may have.

Download our flyer: UNISON Midlothian Ballot Flyer (Why not print and share with your colleagues? – We are stronger together in UNISON)

Young Members

We would like to invite you to come along to the UNISON Office, 29-35 Jarnac Court, Dalkeith, on Wednesday 8 February 2017 from 4.30pm onwards, to introduce you to our Branch Officers. This is to give you the opportunity to meet and have a chat with the team. We were also thinking of going for refreshments afterwards.

If you would like to come along please contact us on 0131 654 1129.





See Me (end mental health discrimination)


Report from Jody Lochery, Health & Safety Officer, UNISON Midlothian, regarding See Me (end mental health discrimination).

UNISON Midlothian are committed to tackling Mental Health stigma in the workplace. Almost 50% of long-term absences from work are the result of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. People who have had a mental health problem and been out of work often worry about going back.  Common concerns include facing discrimination or bullying, and going back too soon and feeling unwell again.  According to a report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists on mental health and work, “Many people with mental health problems fear that, no matter how good recovery they have made, their symptoms will be made worse by going back to work”.

UNISON Midlothian are looking to work in partnership with See Me and Midlothian Council to tackle Mental Health.