UNISON West Lothian represents employees of the Council, West Lothian Leisure and workers in voluntary organisations across West Lothian.
We negotiate for better pay and conditions; help individuals in trouble and campaign for a safer, fairer society.
UNISON is Britain’s biggest public service union, representing more than 1.3 million people across the UK’s public services.
The branch is always on the lookout for new stewards, workplace contacts and health and safety reps. It really is the case that the more workplace representatives the branch has, the easier it is to keep in touch and deal with member issues.
A UNISON workplace rep is the most important link between the union and its members. Support is available from your branch, UNISON staff and there are excellent training courses run throughout the year. You will get paid time off to attend training. Being a rep can be a great experience. Give it a go!
If you are interested in becoming more active with UNISON or want to find out more, please contact the branch.
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) Newsletter is reminding people “Don’t leave it too late to join a union” as it reports that only 40% of people in 400 hearings had representation.The newsletter says: “If we are investigating your fitness to practise and you’re facing an SSSC hearing we encourage you to have representation.
“We hear from people who have been through the hearing process that they have tried to join a union so they can have help, but often it is too late to join at that point. We recommend that any worker who has to go through a hearing seeks independent advice about their case and the decisions they need to make.”
UNISON, like most unions, has a qualifying period for representation. Members must have been in membership of the union for at least 4 weeks prior to the incident or occurrence that leads to seeking legal assistance from the union. So don’t leave it too late to join UNISON – Click here to join now!