SCHOOL UNIFORM GRANTS

UNISON is #ThereForYou and your family. If you’ve got kids going back to school next term, please check to see if you could get help with the cost of their uniform. Applications open today so please apply quickly and share with any other members you think could...

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BALLOT RESULT – SOCIAL WORK EMERGENCY SERVICE

FAO SOCIAL WORK MEMBERS We are pleased to advise that members have voted by a massive 93% yes to 7% no to accept the proposed collective agreement on the Social Work Emergency Service. We would like to thank you for the solidarity and determination you have shown over...

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It’s Your Pay, Fight For It!

FAO ARGYLL AND BUTE COUNCIL MEMBERS UNISON is currently making preparations for an Industrial Action Ballot of members following the recent pay consultation result, where 87% of those participating rejected the employers offer and 74% indicating they are prepared to...

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Prize draw winners

We are delighted to announce today the winners of our prize draw. Congratulations to Louise Bates, John Dyer, Ciaran Norris, Rachel Watson and Leanne Yule. Our five members won a £100 prize voucher to a store of their choice. Our prize draw competition ran from 15...

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Scottish Local Government Pay Ballot

Local Government members - we are asking you to please take part in the ballot. We ask that you 𝗥𝗘𝗝𝗘𝗖𝗧 the pay offer and to vote 𝗬𝗘𝗦 to industrial action. You can place your vote here: https://unison.tfaforms.net/190 Why are we asking you to reject the pay offer? We...

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Ballot result

FAO OF ARGYLL AND BUTE COUNCIL MEMBERS Thank you to all members who voted in our ballot on the Consolidation of the Living Wage and Changes to Local Government Employees Local Terms and Conditions.The ballot closed yesterday, 24th March 2021, and we can now confirm...

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Annual General Meeting 2021

A big thank you to all our members who joined us for our first ever virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 25 February 2021. There were some challenges for us in navigating around Microsoft Teams, so thank you for your patience and sticking with us. For...

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AGM – 25 February 2021

Members, This is a reminder for our upcoming Argyll and Bute Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will be held this Thursday, 25 February 2021. AGM Details Thursday 25 February 202112 noon – 2pmvia Microsoft Teams Please get in touch if you plan to join and we will...

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COMPETITION TIME – £100 Prize Draw

Members, We believe it is more important than ever to be part of UNISON and to show you our appreciation, we are running a prize draw open to all members and new members. There are 5 prizes of £100 voucher up for grabs. To enter, we are asking members to do one of the...

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Winter Fuel Grant

UNISON's There for You Winter Fuel Grant will open for applications on Monday 25 January 2021. This year, members can apply to a grant of up to £200 to help with fuel bills this winter. To be eligible, members income must be less than £18,200 (if living alone) or...

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AGM 2021

Good afternoon members and Happy New Year. We hope that you are all keeping safe and well. We are writing to invite you to the Argyll and Bute Branch Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will take place online due to the current health protection measures. The AGM is an...

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End of year update

Seasons greetings members,We wish you all a wonderful time over the holidays and thank those members who will be working over this period.We thank you all for your hard work over this difficult year and for continuing to support the branch and UNISON.What we’ve done...

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£500 bonus for Health and Social Care staff

The Scottish Government announced on Monday 30 November 2020 a bonus payment for NHS and social care workers. The £500 bonus payment for full time and pro rata part time workers applies to: Care home staffHome care staffPalliative care/hospice staffAdult care Personal...

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COVID-19 Response Fund

From Monday 16 November 2020, the COVID-19 response fund will open. The fund is for members who have been struggling financially. We urge members to apply as soon as possible, as there will be high demand for the fund. For more information, click the following link:...

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SURVEY ON WORKING PRACTICES  We are inviting you to take part in our survey on working practices. The purpose of this survey is to gather information that can be used to help us in future discussions with employers on a fair and sustainable return to work....

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*** School Uniform Grant *** If you have kids going back to school soon, you may be able to get help with the cost of their uniforms. They are one-off grants of £50 per school age child, up to a total of £150. To find out more information, head over to the...

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**FREE WORKSHOPS ON TRAUMA AND PTSD** Our colleagues at Unison Scotland Learning and Organising have secured funding for one hour digital workshops on Trauma and Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) awareness. Many public sector workers and those working...

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*FOR ATTENTION OF OUR EDUCATION MEMBERS - SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOLS & EARLY YEARS INFORMATION PACK* UNISON has produced an information pack and safety checklist for members working in schools and early years. UNISON stresses that we need risk assessments,...

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Local Government workers' survey Members, please take part in UNISON Scotland's latest survey. Your views are important and they will help shape our campaign for local government. Take part here: https://unison-scotland.org/local-government-workers-survey/...

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** COVID-19 - PPE UPDATE** Today UNISON said: The situation with regards to PPE for key workers in Argyll & Bute has been at best mixed and at worst disgraceful. The situation on the ground for too many key workers has been lack of clarity and lack of...

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CORONAVIRUS

** CORONAVIRUS UPDATE **We hope you are all keeping well during this unprecedented time.We want to thank all of you for your continuing to work hard and providing an essential public service for when our communities need us most.The situation is changing...

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Calling all social work members…

SOCIAL WORK MEMBERS Please see our flier below which details all our upcoming social work meetings. Social Work Members Meetings 2020 We hope to see you there. Please get in touch at unisonargyllandbute@gmail.com if you need any further...

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Get help with your winter fuel bills Are you on a low income? Help is on hand! There for You has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members. If your net income is £18,000 or less you may be eligible to receive a grant of £40. To apply and download the...

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*Letter sent the Council Leader and Policy Lead for Health and Social Care to urge the need for the Council to look into insourcing for home care* UNISON believes it is time for Argyll & Bute Council and the HSCP to look again at how care at home services...

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This competition is now closed! Congratulations to Pamela McNaughton! Thank you to all members who took part and updated their contact details on...

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***Backdated Pay Award*** Argyll and Bute Council's pensions and payroll team is working hard to ensure the backdated pay award will be paid to council employees before the end of March. This follows the Scottish Joint Council for Local Government...

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AGM 2019  A massive thank  you to all our members who attended the AGM last Wednesday, 27 February 2019, in Helensburgh. It was brilliant to see such a good turnout. For those of you who couldn't make it, here are the minutes from the meeting:  Minutes...

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Pay Offer Accepted!

Thank you to all of you who voted in the recent local government pay ballot. 91% of you voted, and in record numbers, to accept the employers offer. UNISON communicated that to the employer as soon as the ballot concluded. Since then we have been waiting...

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Pay ballot results are now in…

Pay ballot results are in... and UNISON members overwhelmingly vote to ACCEPT the pay offer. Read UNISON Scotland's press release here for more info: http://www.unison-scotland.org/unison-members-overwhelming…/ Thanks to all our members who voted! What a...

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2019 AGM

Members, We would like to invite you to our upcoming Annual General Meeting, open to all members and non-members to attend. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Date: Wednesday 27 February 2019 Time: 12 noon – 2pm Venue: Marriage Room, Helensburgh and Lomond Civic...

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Local Government Pay Offer Online Ballot is now open!

FOR ALL OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT MEMBERS - THE PAY OFFER ONLINE BALLOT IS NOW OPEN. Please check your emails (and your junk folder) as you will have been sent a personalised link from UNISON for your vote. If you have not received this email, click on the...

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Get help staying warm this winder

Did you know that UNISON can help with staying warm this winter. "There for You" has a fund to help UNISON members on low income by way of a one-off payment of up to £60. The fund opens on 3 December 2018 and is open until the 15 February 2019 -  for more...

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Huge vote to reject Local Govt. pay offer

We would like to thank all our members who voted in the recent pay ballot! The result of the consultative ballot is: 79% of those voting voted to reject the offer 67% of those voting voted to take industrial action, up to and including strike action in...

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YOU CAN NOW VOTE ON THE PAY OFFER. You should receive an email with details on how to vote. if you don't get an email you can vote at https://unison.tfaforms.net/52 or by phoning Unison Direct 08000 857...

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Members will be able to vote on this year's pay offer from Tuesday 16th October. You should receive an email giving details of how to vote. Over the course of this summer thousands of you participated in UNISON’s ONE Team campaign to improve the 2018 pay...

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UPDATE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT PAY OFFER 2018 UNISON is about to consult members with a recommendation that you reject the latest local government pay offer of a 3% increase on a 1 year deal. Members need to know that the branch is in support of rejecting this...

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Computing and online basics course – Rothesay

Are you or anyone you know interested in attending a computing and online basics course, in Rothesay? UNISON is running a fully funded course, open to all staff and non-members. The course will involve... Introduction to computer, keyboard and mouse;...

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Unison’s Local Government ONE team campaign

UNISON Scotland is launching the next phase of the Local Government Pay Campaign! We are asking all members to send a postcard to the President of COSLA before the next meeting of COSLA leaders on 31 August. Any improvement to the pay offer would have to...

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  Welfare Report – June 2018 Hi, my name’s Brenda Nicholson. I’m the Welfare Officer in the UNISON Argyll and Bute branch. There for You is an independent charity, supported by Unison. Unison is the only union which has an in-house charity to provide...

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Get help with school uniform costs this summer

Hello members, the closing date for the UNISON's school uniform grant is soon approaching, so please send in your application form as soon as possible. You can find an application form below, along with some general Q and As about the grant. The last day...

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Workplace learning from the Open University in Scotland

Members - whether you’re new to learning, returning to study or want to upgrade your Continuing Professional Development (CPD),  The Open University (OU) in Scotland have developed a range of resources that meet your workplace learning needs.  The OU works...

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The Beast from the East update

Hello members, we just want to let you know that we have been continually pursuing the issue of those members who have had leave deducted when they couldn’t get to work during the severe weather warning. Just because it didn’t snow in Kilmory the impact of...

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Kintyre Community Care Team

Argyll & Bute Council Joint Trade Unions have written to the Chief Executive of Argyll and Bute Council (ABC) and the Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) about the proposed redundancies for a number of council posts in the Kintyre Community Care...

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Welfare – School Uniform Grant

Message from our Welfare Officer, Brenda Nicholson... Did you know that UNISON offers financial help for those on a low income? The fund can help towards the cost of school uniforms. To apply, visit the following page and download the application form...

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