Friday, 28 November 2014
In a briefing to all councillors, the branch has commended Aberdeenshire Council for having not gone down the route of many others by outsourcing/privatising its services and urged it not to sell off their Print and Design Service for short-term gain.
A paper compiled by Morag Lawrence, steward, detailing the benefits of insourcing was also sent to councillors.
Inez Teece, Branch Secretary said, "We have launched a dialogue with the employers to continue over the coming months to campaign to keep services in house not only for print and design but for all council services.
"UNISON will not sit back and let our services and staff be sold off to the highest bidder when the people of Aberdeenshire will end up picking up the costs in financial terms and diminished services."
Monday, 24 November 2014
Inez Teece, Branch Secretary said, "If you work on commission, work overtime, get a bonus, shift premium or any other payment, and this has not been paid during your holidays then you may have a claim.
Friday, 14 November 2014
Kate Ramsden, Branch Chair, who will be chairing the Rally as Vice President of the Aberdeen Trades Union Council said, "The St Andrew's Day March opposes racism in all its forms and celebrates diversity.
"The particular theme this year is Anti-Apartheid, because it is 30 years since Aberdeen gave the Freedom of the City to Nelson Mandela.
"It is also UN Day of Solidarity with Palestine, a country still suffering from Israeli apartheid. Hopefully Aberdeen City Council will be flying the Palestine Flag that day."
11 am Assemble at St Nicholas Churchyard. Look out for the branch banner and join us to march behind it.
11.30am March down Union Street
12.15pm Rally at the Castlegate
There will be speakers from Trade Unions, Community Organisations and Political Parties at the Rally.
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
The Local Government Committee meets on 5 November, after which a further update will be circulated.
Commenting on the ballot result, Kate Ramsden, Branch Chair said, "Members have recognised that it has been a significant achievement on the part of our negotiators to get the employers back round the negotiating table, after years of imposed pay awards.