Denise Wilson

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Name: Denise Wilson

Where do you work?: Bonnyrigg Health Centre as part of the Midlothian Enhanced Rapid Response Team, working with people coming out of hospital and people who need help with basic needs.

Role on Committee: Steward

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Denise Wilson, steward, Midlothian Enhanced Rapid Response Team

What does that involve?: Representing the needs of members in my area.

How long have you been involved in unions?: I’ve been in the union for 7 and a half years.

Why did you join?: Concerns about change and wanting to protect members and the people we look after as well.

What do you get out of it?: I’m going for training and looking forward to trying to help members.

Jody Lochery

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Name: Jody Lochery
Where do you work?:Stobhill
Role on Committee:Safety rep/ officer
What does that involve?: I assist colleagues with health and safety problems in the workplace.
How long have you been involved in unions?: Three years now. 
Why did you join?: One of the main reasons that I became a Safety Rep was to help and assist colleagues with

Jody Lochery, Health and Safety Rep

Jody Lochery, Health and Safety Rep

health and safety problems in the workplace. 
What do you get out of it?: I find this can be rewarding and sometimes challenging but I enjoy working in the role.
Why should other people join?: Health and Safety is very important in the workplace and it’s there to protect everyone.  Unison Midlothian also promote partnership working in Health and Safety.

Dougie Harvey, Lifelong learning rep

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Dougie Harvey, lifelong learning representative.

Dougie Harvey, lifelong learning rep

Name: Dougie Harvey

Where do you work?: Temporary area operations manager, Hillend and Danderhall

Role on Committee: Lifelong learning representative

What does that involve?: I look at bringing in or putting on courses for our members’ benefit. These might be courses or experiences that will help people get to where they want to go in their work or at home.

How long have you been involved in unions?  I became a shop steward about four years ago but I’ve been in the trade union since 1993.  My dad was an ex-miner and it was part of our lives.

Why did you join the union?  Being able to have a say in your workplace is really important and being part of the union is a way of getting some reassurance about your job and where you work.

What do you get out of it? I like to see people better themselves and upskill themselves just as I did.  I got to my current role through lifelong learning and want to be part of helping others do the same.  Sometimes the biggest barrier can be people not believing they can learn.  I get satisfaction from helping people get past that barrier and showing them there’s lots of resources around to help them learn if they just look up and see the help that’s on offer.

Why should other people get involved?  Unions help you get the opportunities you might need to go to places where you might think you could never go.

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.