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Branch Officers and Stewards at Unison Dumfries and Galloway work to provide our members with assistance whenever required.

It is important that you ensure any workplace issues are dealt with promptly, as often minor concerns can develop into something more serious.  If you have a query regarding your employment, terms and conditions or general workplace issues then the following procedure should be followed;

Your Stewards are volunteers who work alongside you, so they are best placed to give you help and support.


Further Education

Dumfries and Galloway College,Dumfries Campus

Ron Carrick

Dumfries and Galloway College, Stranraer Campus

Senga  Mann

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Chief Exec Service

Philip McGroggan – Cargen Tower, Dumfries

Social Work

Gavin Thin-Smith – Criminal Justice Social Work, 79 Buccleuch Street, Dumfries

Marie Porteous – Social Work


David Stainthorpe – Municipal Chambers, Buccleuch Street, Dumfries

Hazel Kerr – Municipal Chambers, Buccleuch Street, Dumfries


Karen Korus – Langlands School

Jan Andrews – Harthill, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire


Dawn Rippingale – Mountainhall Treatment Centre

Primary School

John Rielly – Lochmaben Primary School

Jim Boyle – Lockerbie Primary School


Scott Mitchell – Lochside Store


Anita Hall – Mountainhall Treatment Centre


Branch Secretary – J’an Andrews

Assistant Branch Secretary – John Rielly

Chairperson – Stephen Hare

Vice Chairperson – Phil McGroggan

Service and Conditions Officers – Callum Maccoll and David Stainthorpe

Communications Officer – Brian Cluckie

Retired Members Chairperson – Sue Chalmers

Retired Members Secretary – Liam Chalmers

Branch Treasurer – Vicki Korus

Health and Safety Officers – Karen Korus and Helen Kirkpatrick

Welfare Officer – Gavin Thin-Smith

LGBT+ Officer – Anita Hall

Membership Officer – Vacant

Local Organiser – Alisdair Vickers

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The introduction of Universal Credit has the potential to significantly impact on the jobs of UNISON members working in Housing Benefit & Welfare rights roles . The Bargaining and Campaigns team are keen to hear from members working in these areas about what has , or seems likely to change, in their job as a result.

Please could you ask any relevant members to get in touch with me – with anything they want to say about .

1.What changes there have been since Universal Credit has been rolled out?
2. How much the shambles that the roll out has been has made or stopped things happening.
3. What changes do they see in their job happening longer term as a result of UC ?

Many thanks

Stephen Low
Policy Officer
UNISON Scotland
Tel: 0141 342 2811/ 0795 685 2822