Online pay ballot – vote now to reject the offer!

Pay poster

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UNISON Scotland is calling on Local Government members to REJECT the employers’ latest pay offer in an online ballot running from 16 October to 5pm on 7 November. You can vote from the link on this page. The ballot will also ask you whether you are willing to take industrial action up to and including strike action in pursuit of our full claim.

The final offer from the employers, after months of campaigning and negotiations, is 3% for one year for workers earning up to £80,000. This  is below inflation and does not improve low pay. Despite assurances from CoSLA about parity and fairness across local government workers, the signs are that some teachers could get 10%. (see letter to COSLA)

Click here for FAQs and links to all the updates on the negotiations.


UNISON is emailing all members we have an email address for (and who have opted in to receiving emails) with a link to the online ballot.  Even if you haven’t had an email, you can still vote using the link above.

No internet access? If you don’t have access to the internet or if you are having problems with the online ballot, you can vote by phone at UNISON Direct on 0800 0857 857

Not yet a member? CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW BEFORE 28 OCTOBER! New members joining UNISON before 28 October 2018 will get a vote on this offer. If they provide an e-mail address to the union when they join they will be sent an e-mail with a link to their ballot after this date but before the close of ballot on 7 November.

Make sure you use your vote!

  • Encourage your fellow members to vote.
  • Recruit your colleagues to the union and get them to vote.
  • Share this info on your social networks so people understand why the offer is unacceptable.
  • Get involved in the work of your local UNISON branch.

Click for posters, leaflets, social media graphics for you to use to encourage fellow members to vote and publicise the ballot…

Click here for all the details about the claim, the offer and the campaign on the UNISON Scotland site

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East Lothian Unison Retired Members 2018 meeting dates

Retired Members In Action UNISON East Lothian Council Branch Retired Members have meetings four times each year to which all of this Branch’s Retired Members are welcome.
You may ask what is the point of Retired Membership and what does the Retired Members’ do? The answer is quite a lot. Although, as a retired person you no longer require the protection that trade union membership gives for your working life, there is still a whole raft of benefits you can still access from cheaper car, home and pet insurance to the UNISON Welfare Fund if you get into financial difficulties.

The Retired Members in UNISON East Lothian Council Branch are represented on the Branch Executive Committee, attending their meetings monthly. We currently have a representative on the Scottish Retired Members Committee and the Scottish Pensioners’ Forum Executive Committee. Every year we send delegates to Unison’s Scottish Retired
Members’ Conference, the National Retired Members’ Conference and the Scottish Pensioner’s Conference.
The Retired Members themselves are actively involved in campaigning on a wide range of issues such as pensions, care for the elderly, funeral poverty, concessionary travel, etc. In Scotland we are
affiliated to the Scottish Pensioners Forum which is similarly active.Recently, the Scottish Retired Members’ Committee has been making considerable progress in getting retired members more involved in mainstream UNISON activities. Recently, Yvonne Craig (Retired Members’ Committee Secretary), was made the Labour Link Officer for East Lothian Council Branch and our representative on the Scottish Retired Members’ Committee was delegated to represent retired members on UNISON Scotland’s Learning and Organising Committee. Both these roles were previously only for “working” UNISON members.
We have put motions on various issues to this Branch’s AGM on a number of occasions as well as contributing to motions going to national conferences on pensioner related issues.So you can see that there is more to the retired members than eating cake and socialising (though that’s important too); we’ve had speakers at our meetings from the Police, Fire Service, Welfare Rights and the University of the 3rd Age (U3A) amongst others. We have also had talks on Archery and the chance to fly a computer flight simulator.
The Retired Members will be meeting on the
following dates during 2018;
Wednesday 7 March 2018 (Annual General Meeting)
Wednesday 9 May 2018
Wednesday 1 August 2018
Wednesday 7 November 2018
All of our meetings are at 11am in the Town House, Haddington. If you’re a Retired Member why not come along. You may meet some old friends, make some new ones and at the very least have a cup of
tea/coffee and biscuit (maybe even some home baking). We’d love to see you.
Tom Lithgow, Chair – Retired Members’ Committee

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BRANCH 2019 AGM 19th February Calling Notice

Initial Calling Notice – You are invited
to the UNISON East Lothian Branch
Annual General Meeti
ng on
Tuesday, 19th of February 2019 in the Large Hall of the Town House, Haddington starting at 5:30pm.Catering and refreshments will be available in the Buffet Room from 5pm.
The AGM is an excellent opportunity to find out more about what your Branch representatives have been doing over the previous year and to help shape the direction of the union for the year ahead.
It is also an opportunity to meet other union members from across the Branch, to discuss and debate
the unions polices in East Lothian and raise issues of concerns to you.
As with previous years, we hope to hold a Panel Debate with Councillors representing the 3 Political Groups on the Council. This will be held immediately following the AGM business. This is
an excellent opportunity to ask the Panel Members questions on the impact the budget will have on you as employees and the services we offer the communities in East Lothian.
The AGM will ratify any elections that are required for each of the Branch Officer positions and the election of Stewards. Nomination Forms have been sent with this newsletter. If any member requires additional forms, please contact the Branch Office. All completed Nomination Forms must be received at the Branch Office by 12 noon Monday 7th of January2019.
For Branch Officer Positions that receive more than one nomination, an election will be held by Postal Ballot. Members will receive ballot papers and statements from candidates should an election be required. Members may also wish to submit Motions to the AGM for debate and decision by members. The Motions must be submitted in writing, signed by the Proposer and Seconder and be received at the Branch Office no later than 12noon on Monday 21st  of January2018.
In addition to elections, Motions and receiving reports from Branch Officers, the AGM will also consider a financial report from the Branch Treasurer, agree the organisations the Branch should
affiliate to and any other competent business
UNISON is committed to ensuring equality within the union, therefore if members have any disability access or dependent child care needs, please contact the Branch Office to arrange support which
can be funded from the Branch accounts. Please encourage other members from your local workplace to attend and I look forward to seeing you all on the 19th of February 2019.
Best wishes – John Nisbet,

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