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November 17th, 2018

A Message Sent on Behalf of TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady Last night the UK government published the full text of the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, after the Cabinet took the collective decision to back the Brexit deal. Over the last 24 hours, we’ve seen a government spiralling out of control. As ever, the […]


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November 15th, 2018

Unison Pocket Diaries now available free to Dumfries & Galloway members on a first come first served basis. Pop in to your local office or speak to your steward ASAP. It was agreed at our last branch meeting due to cost and waste last year we would purchase 400 diaries and make them available this […]


Ballot – LG members

October 19th, 2018

UNISON members, the ballot on our pay offer is now open. You should get an email in the next couple of days giving details of how to vote. If you don’t get an email you can vote by going to or by phoning Unison Direct on 08000 857 857. The ballot closes on November […]


Third Sector Employees

August 24th, 2018

Click on the link below for more information about Specialist healthcare support to help you remain at work, or make a healthy return to work. For Companies with less than 250 employees. Working Health Service Scotland – 0800 019 2211


Letter Re North West Campus

August 22nd, 2018

Dear all That was very useful to meet yesterday  to discuss concerns regarding NWCC and staffing working in this new environment.  As we agreed I would issue you a note on the key items you were raising.  As you are aware there was an incident with a sprinkler pipe causing damage to a ceiling, this […]


NHS – 94% of UNISON members have voted to accept a pay deal

August 17th, 2018

“In this video Lilian Macer UNISON Scotland convener and Tam Waterson Chair of the Scottish Health Committee explain why we now want to negotiate on pay direct with the Scottish Government and not the UK NHS Pay Review Board. UNISON, Scotland’s biggest health union, is calling on the Scottish Government to set up formal structures […]


Community Members

August 14th, 2018

UNISON has asked the Supreme Court for leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal decision that care workers’ sleep-in shifts do not count as working time and should be paid in line with the national minimum wage. The Supreme Court will now decide whether to grant the union the right to appeal. A full […]


NHS Pay offer – Scotland

June 28th, 2018

UNISON TO CONSULT ON NHS SCOTLAND PAY OFFER UNISON has agreed to ballot all NHS members on the new NHS Scotland Pay deal. UNISON Health Committee met to review the offer and agreed to recommend acceptance on the basis that it is the best that can be achieved by negotiation. The union also agreed to […]



June 27th, 2018

David Stainthorpe our Local Government Convenor and DGC Pension Board Member has attended the launch of the local government pension scheme structure review event held at the COSLA offices in Edinburgh. The meeting was addressed by Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance who hoped to see more opportunities for investment by the LG Pension funds […]


AGMs were a success!

March 23rd, 2018

Further to the three successful and quorate aggregate Annual General Meetings I am as the returning officer writing to advise the outcome of the elections for officer positions. The only position that required a vote was the position of Branch Secretary, following the counting of the voting papers I can advise that Grant Coltart has […]


UNISON AGM Agenda – Amendment

March 15th, 2018

Please note that the approval of new Branch Constitution has been moved to item 1, so the new Agenda is as follows   2018 AGM AGENDA Branch Constitution Appointment of Chairperson Guest Speaker: John Gallacher, Scottish Organiser, UNISON Appointment of Scrutineers Minute of AGM meetings held March 2017 Matters arising from the 2017 AGM meetings […]


AGM 2018 Calling Notice

February 26th, 2018

UNISON AGM 2018 – CALLING NOTICE   The venues are: Monday, 19th of March 12:00-13:30, Lecture Theatre, DGRI 17:30-18:30, Georgetown Library, Dumfries. Coffee and cakes available from 17:15 Thursday, 22nd of March, 17:30-18:30, Stranraer College. Light Buffet available from 17:15 We are seeking, nominations for Branch Officers and Stewards posts and Branch motions.  The relevant […]


Dumfries Trade Union Council events: One Day Without Us and the Chinese New Year

February 13th, 2018

For this year’s One Day Without Us event in Dumfries – to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions made by migrants to our lives in Dumfries & Galloway – the organisers are collaborating with Dumfries & Galloway Multicultural Association (DGMA) in a joint event at the former Bakers’ Oven in Dumfries High Street (next to W […]


UNISON on Scottish Budget, Tax & Pay

February 2nd, 2018

The Scottish government has secured a deal with the Greens to pass its budget proposals ahead of a Holyrood vote. Finance Secretary Derek Mackay had been in negotiations with opposition leaders to find backing for his plans, which include changes to the tax system. The deal with the Greens will see an additional £170m going […]


Alternatives to Further Cuts

January 24th, 2018

A brief on UNISON’s alternatives to public budget cuts can be found here


Latest Retired Members’ Newsletter

January 17th, 2018

Four your copy in pdf format, featuring WASPI campaign and latest news, please click here


Early Retirement and Voluntary Severance (ERVS)

January 15th, 2018

Our Council faces significant budget challenges over the next 3 years as reported to Full Council on 12 December 2017.   From a net budget of £350m, our Council will have to deliver a further £50m over the next 3 years (£70m already saved over last 6 years). This is a significant challenge and management […]


Local Government Pay Claim 2018 submitted

January 12th, 2018

Trade unions representing local government workers across Scotland (UNISON, Unite and GMB) have submitted their pay claim to local government today. The pay claim was submitted to COSLA (employers) by the Trade Union side of the Scottish Local Government Joint Council for the period 1 April 2018 to 31st March 2019 at a meeting of the […]


Winter Fuel Grant 2017-2018 available

December 6th, 2017

There for You’s Winter Fuel Grant launches on 4 December 2017 and runs until the closing date of 16 February 2018 One-off grants may be payable up to £50 per eligible household.  Applications without a membership number and the relevant documentation attached will not be processed.  Applicants must have paid a minimum of 4 weeks […]


Meeting Future Health Needs in Dumfries & Galloway – a Trade Union Perspective

August 31st, 2017

The September meeting of Dumfries Trades Union Council (DTUC) on Monday 4th September will hear a detailed report from Dumfries & Galloway UNISON health service branch secretary, James Beattie, on some of the challenges currently facing NHS Dumfries & Galloway, which provides health services for 146,500 people across an area of 2,400 square miles. “The […]


Youth Beatz

August 25th, 2017

Our Young Members Officer, Sean,  and Assistant Branch Secretary, J’an, have recently attended the Youth Beatz Festival in Dumfries. They did this to engage with young people with regards to their rights in the workplace and to promote the Unison Scotland’s Young Members Committee’s Bullying Advice Guide. The event was a wonderful day for Dumfries […]


Pay up now Campaign update

August 22nd, 2017

For years now, public service workers have seen their pay held back by government in the name of austerity. First a freeze, then a cap, saw public sector pay rise by just 4.4% between 2010 and 2016, while the cost of living rose by 22%. That is no way to treat UNISON members – hard […]


Further Education Stewards Retirement

August 2nd, 2017

It is with sadness we note two of our long-time Stewards in Further Education now retiring. June McLachlan and Shirley Sephton have both been active members of UNISON for some time and have been Stewards for a number of years. They are both very knowledgeable and helped each other, as well as helping a lot of the […]


WASPI campaign

July 27th, 2017

Margaret Rinington’s  602,000 strong e-petition about the state pension age is about to provide a quantum leap for the legal rights of 3.48 million women. With these legal rights uppermost in our minds, we invite all #50sWomen to write ‘DWP’ letters to help with legal challenges. ​WASPI have a “​Guide to DWP Complaints”, produced by top London […]



July 26th, 2017

UNISON Legal Services has been successful in its challenge to Employment Tribunal Fees.  Today, the Supreme Court, the UK’S highest court, ruled that the Government acted unlawfully when it introduced fees to bring claims in the Employment Tribunals in England, Scotland and Wales. Since 2013, workers have had to pay as much as £1,200 plus […]


UNISON and the WASPI campaign

July 18th, 2017

UNISON champions fair pensions for all public sector workers. We’ve linked up with WASPI(Women against state pension inequality) to achieve pension justice for women who have been unfairly penalised by the equalisation of the state pension age with no fair transitional arrangements. For decades the state pension age (SPA) for women was 60. An increase to […]


School Uniform Grant

July 14th, 2017

Struggling with School uniform costs ? We want to help as many people as possible. Many people do not know but here at Unison we are not just here to help you with work place issues . Get help with the cost of school uniform this summer . Further information can be found using the […]


Further Education Recruit a Friend

July 13th, 2017

RECRUIT A FRIEND   *** WIN ANOTHER  £100 CASH **** Get a friend to JOIN the UNION and have his or her say in important pay and conditions issues affecting their job. Click here or on the graphic for the application form and email completed aplications to That new member will receive a BALLOT PAPER in the current consultation […]


Training for Council Employees

July 6th, 2017

We are currently in the process of arranging training courses for local government staff in dementia and dyslexia awareness . These courses will be run through the new Lifelong Learning Partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Joint Trade Unions . At this stage we are just looking for expressions of interest . Please […]