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


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

SJC 2017SJC PAY 2017

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.org.uk/lgscot17. 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 – g.kelbie@unison.co.uk – 07415 709746

UNISON - Giving Young Members a Voice!

UNISON – Giving Young Members a Voice!