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New Council Accident & Incident Report Form

July 7th, 2016

Dumfries & Galloway Council has updated its Accident – Incident Report form. The new form is shorter and easier to follow and complete. UNISON Branch Health and Safety Officer Karen Korus said, “Many people found the previous form quite intimidating to fill in, so many smaller incidents went unreported. This new form should hopefully encourage […]


Joint Trade Union Budget Suggestions to avoid compulsory redundancies

February 18th, 2016

To avoid compulsory redundancies and terms, protect jobs and essential public services we would ask the Council’s political groups to consider the following suggestions;   Parking Charges; Charges could be introduced for on-street and off-street parking. We understand that previous Council papers have indicated generating income of over £1 million. Area Committee Discretionary Grant Funding; Reduce […]


Further Education Pay Deal Agreed

January 13th, 2016

  UNISON Scotland’s FE Sector members accepted this “full and final” pay offer in our consultation ballot which ended on 18th January 2016. In November 2015 UNISON members across all Scottish Further Education Colleges resoundingly rejected the ‘final’ offer to emerge from the first ever round of  Scottish pay negotiations and members signalled their desire […]


Senior Learning Assistant – Recruitment concerns resolved

January 11th, 2016

Following contact from our members regarding issues with the recruitment web-link, UNISON contacted management and asked for an extension of 1 week to the closing date for the applications. We are pleased to advise that following further discussion with management the closing date has now been extended to 22 January 2016. The My Job Scotland website cannot be used […]


Private car business use insurance

January 8th, 2016

This is a reminder to members that if they use their own vehicle for work they must ensure their motor vehicle insurance policy has business use included. Most companies will now add this on request at no extra charge, but even a small fee is better than being uninsured. So don’t be caught out; we […]


SSSC survey now open

December 24th, 2015

UNISON is urging all of its members to respond to this request from the SSSC Chief Executive, Anna Fowlie. “We’re starting research to help develop our next strategic plan, looking ahead to our priorities for 2017-2020. The first step is a survey asking for as many people as possible’s views on the SSSC, our role […]


Scottish Parliament Playground Survey

December 18th, 2015

A petition to Scottish Parliament public petition committee is :  Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review and amend national legislation and guidance given to local authorities to ensure that all primary schools are required to provide playground supervision in the twenty-minute period before school starts. The Public Petitions Committee […]



WORRIED ABOUT PAYING YOUR WINTER FUEL BILL? With rising fuel costs and another cold winter looming many members on low income are worried about how they’re going to pay their winter fuel bills. Help is on hand   ‘There for You’ has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income by […]



  STIRLING COURT HOTEL, STIRLING UNIVERSITY CAMPUS, 4-6 MARCH 2016 The branch is keen to support and encourage our new young members to come along and find out more about their union and how they can get involved.  It is a great weekend that provides valuable insight in to the union and gives new young members a […]


Unfair Trade Agreements

TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and US, is one of a raft of new, aggressively neo-liberal trade deals being negotiated around the world that, if passed, will hand unprecedented levels of power to multinational corporations. A similar agreement between the EU and Canada called the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) […]


Independent Review of Planning

The UNISON Scotland Evidence to the Independent Review of Planning UNISON is Scotland’s largest public sector trade union representing a range of public sector workers including Scotland’s planners. Despite the radical reform of the planning system in 2009 the government is proposing further changes to the performance management of planning authorities. The real issues in […]


Stress Awareness Training

November 9th, 2015

UNISON’s training course on Stress Awareness will be held in the branch office on 1 December 2015 from 9.30-1.30. The course is free to any employed person; teas, coffee and a light lunch will be provided. If you would like to attend please contact Roseann at the branch office tel 01387257393 to reserve a place.


NEW Council Carers Policy

November 4th, 2015

The Council has acknowledged in a new policy that many of it’s employees have to deal with the daily demands of caring for dependants and dealing with emergency situations. It is also likely that some employees will find they need to provide long term care for a seriously ill dependant.

The new policy defines a carer as; someone who provides unpaid support to a dependant who is affected by long-term illness, disability or addiction who could not manage without this help. A dependant is the spouse, partner, parent, grandparent, civil partner or child of the employee, or anyone who lives with the employee as part of his/her family and is dependent on the employee.


EQUAL PAY No Win No Fee ?

July 21st, 2015

It would be cruel if any Council employees who have missed out on claims are hit with huge legal fees


Professional Registration & Fitness-to-Practice cases

Many more job types will soon require compulsory registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). We expect many members will need support to gain their initial registration because historical data is being held by this organisation about incidents which involve employees who don’t yet need to be registered. These matters will need to be investigated before you can be registered.


ZERO tolerance policy on alcohol

The Council has changed it’s policy on alcohol to ZERO TOLERANCE


Council Reshape

June 19th, 2015

Almost every part of the council will see changes over the next three years and we would encourage members across every one of the Council operations to participate in developing the new Council structures and services. If you are interested in supporting the Council


“Pop Up Shop” and Family Fun Day

May 27th, 2015

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been cancelled.

UNISON Dumfries and Galloway has organised a “Pop Up Shop” in Dumfries to provide members with more information on exciting training opportunities, becoming more active within your union and information on how the Health and Social Care Integration will affect you.


School Uniform Grants 2015

UNISON’s scheme helps members on low incomes deal with the cost of school uniforms.

Families on low incomes can struggle to make ends meet, especially just before the start of the new school year.


UNISON Pay Conference

March 26th, 2015

During a day of impassioned speeches and strong feelings about the impact of the government’s continuing pay freeze and years of declining pay in local government, a range of


Equal Pay Report

March 17th, 2015

The Branch AGM meetings in Stranraer and Dumfries received a report on Equal Pay in Dumfries & Galloway Council. The report includes


Job Evaluation Grievance Settled

March 10th, 2015

Following a series of detailed discussions with HR we have agreed


Branch update – Feb 2015

February 21st, 2015

If you are receiving additional holiday entitlement for; extra hours, overtime or any other reason, you are likely to be getting less than has been agreed for contractual holidays and you


Gold Communications Award

February 9th, 2015

The Branch won Gold at the UNISON Scotland Communication Awards 2014/15 and a first prize of £150.

The communications committee considered our new


AGM 2015

The Branch is holding the AGM at 2 locations this year, they are;

Stranraer, Council Offices, Sun St, 5.30pm on Wednesday 11th March.

Dumfries, Council HQ, English St, 5.30pm on Thursday 12th March.


Response to Council Budget Proposals 2015-18

February 3rd, 2015

Given the extent of the restructuring and the job losses which will be required to achieve the budget reductions we are particularly keen to ensure that


Equal Pay – North Case

January 24th, 2015

Dumfries & Galloway Council UNISON members participating in the North Case have received letters regarding UNISON’s equal pay claim on Wednesday 14 January. If you are involved but have not


Workers Dumped On

In UNISON Scotland’s report Dumped On – Working in Scotland’s Waste Management Services, we detail the experience and expectations of a workforce trying do their job in an a constantly changing environment. The report reveals


Fit For Work Scheme

January 23rd, 2015

Fit for Work is a new UK Government service for all employees who are off work.

Once an employee has reached or is expected to reach 4 weeks sickness absence they can be referred by their GP for a Fit for Work assessment by an occupational health professional who will look at



January 8th, 2015

You may be aware that Dumfries & Galloway Council has various responsibilities and duties under the Equality Act 2010 so it needs to take steps to collect and monitor employee equality and diversity information, specifically in relation to the “protected characteristics”. They will soon