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