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:  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


2017 Pay Update


Dear Member

Following one of the highest returns in a full membership consultation, UNISON members voted overwhelmingly to REJECT the Employers’ offer (77.6% of those voting).

On this basis a decision was taken to proceed to a full Industrial Action ballot. Members have sent a clear message to say they have had enough of years of below inflation pay rises.

Members of UNITE The Union and GMB have both accepted the Employers’ offer, however the number of UNISON members rejecting the offer exceeds the total combined Local Government membership of these trade unions .

UNISON will continue to fight for FAIR PAY, putting our members at the heart of the campaign.

The Tory Trade Union Act designed to make it more difficult for workers to exercise their right to withdraw their labour cannot succeed. It is important that every member participates in the ballot to maximise the ballot return.

Please note that, in order to comply with current legislation, the ballot will be a full postal ballot as the law prevents us from carrying out any ballot by digital means.

The ballot will run from 5th May 2017 until 30th May 2017.

UNISON’s Scottish Local Government Committee is recommending that members VOTE YES for a programme of Industrial Action.

You are encouraged, in advance of the local and general elections, to raise the need for FAIR PAY with all candidates.

Mark Ferguson Douglas Black

Chair, Scottish Local Government Committee Regional Organiser, SJC Secretary

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UNISON Members to be Balloted for Industrial Action

– VOTING opens 5th May & closes 30th May –



No ballot paper? If you haven’t received your ballot paper by 12th May 2017 please call UNISON Direct on

08000 857 857

Helpline open until noon on Friday 26 May 2017

For further details please contact your local branch or visit

Pay offer : Vote to REJECT


Why you should reject the offer

Fair Pay LeafletWhat’s not fair?
Your pay is worth far less now than ten years ago after years of pay restraint and inflation. Local government workers are seeing their living standards squeezed as the prices of food, gas and electricity, travel, food and childcare continue to rise. But while inflation indexes show how costs are rising, the impact on individual households is often worse. This can not continue.

The employers have offered:
• Employees earning less than £35,000 a £350* increase (*pro rata based on 37 hours)
• Employees earning more than £35,000 a 1 per cent increase.
• Scottish Local Government Living Wage is the minimum pay for all pay and allowances including additional hours, contractual overtime and other allowances. It will be pensionable.

What is fair?
The employers’ offer falls far short of our claim. We asked for:
• A flat rate payment of £1,000 for all employees.
• The continued uprating of the Scottish Local Government Living Wage.
• A future pay strategy to identify and redress the imbalance caused by previous pay awards below the rate of inflation.

How do I vote?
UNISON recommends you vote to REJECT the offer. This is an online consultative ballot. You can vote securely at: UNISON will also email the link to all members we have an email address for.

Am I being asked to strike?
NO. This is a consultative ballot to seek your views on the employers’ final offer. This is a first step before a formal ballot is held.

Even though this is a consultative ballot, it is very important you vote. Due to the Government’s new Trade Union Act, it is now a requirement that 50% of members respond in a formal ballot before industrial action can be held. If this consultative ballot delivers a strong positive vote, we will then be in a position to move to a formal industrial action ballot.

Scottish Young Members Committee – Summer Newsletter 2016


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Be heard. Be involved. Be active.

Download the latest newsletter from the Scottish Young Members Committee to find out what they have been up to. In the newsletter you will find all the contact details needed to get involved, as well as campaign news, training opportunities and updates on young member activity both in Scotland and across the UK.

Click here to download: YM Newsletter Summer 2016

In Scotland there are over 6500 young members in UNISON, but there are many more young workers without the protection of a union. If you are 27 or under and want to get involved with the young members committee, please contact Local Organiser, Greig Kelbie – – 07415 709746

UNISON - Giving Young Members a Voice!

UNISON – Giving Young Members a Voice!


Ballot Results – Review of Local Government Workers Pay and Grading


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Be heard. Be involved. Be active.

Following 40 weeks of negotiations with council management and a ballot put out to members. UNISON Midlothian branch members have opted to accept council proposals which will see changes to terms and conditions of employment.

73% of UNISON members opted to accept council proposals, with 27% rejecting.

The other recognised trade unions at Midlothian Council, Unite and UCATT, also returned ballots in favour of the proposals:

Unite: 57% (158) for acceptance 43% (119) for rejection
UCATT: 55% (6) for acceptance 45% (5) for rejection

This means that the changes to terms and conditions of employment will now be implemented through a collective agreement. The changes to pay and terms and conditions will take effect on 1 October 2016.

Andrew McDonald, Branch Secretary said: “As the biggest and most influential union in Midlothian Council, UNISON Midlothian Branch will continue to look out for our members best interests.

“In the coming months the branch will be working hard to build on these changes to employment conditions.

“We are determined to strengthen our negotiating power in order to deliver better working conditions for our members. A strong activist network is key in giving the branch a platform to achieve this,” added Mr McDonald.   

The changes to take us forward are:

1. Grades 1-4, there will be a basic pay increase to everyone.

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 Centre’s;

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 and secure positive destinations.