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Friday, 29 June 2012

Police charges not related to Statutory Repair Notices

Following press reports regarding charges brought regarding repairs in the City of Edinburgh Council, UNISON wants to make it clear that these ARE NOT connected to the Statutory Repair Notices scheme operated by the Property Conservation Department. Our information is that no wrongdoing was uncovered by the police.

UNISON has consistently tried to correct misleading reports that inaccurately linked allegations of criminal activity to members in the Statutory Repair Notices scheme.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Fair Pay Day: Do the Quiz and Win an Android Tablet

27 June is Fair Pay Day to publicise our campaign to fight for fair pay in local government. To celebrate this there are two Android tablet computers up for grabs for City of Edinburgh Branch members only. Click here to enter http://www.unison-edinburgh.org.uk/fairpay/index.html

Thursday, 14 June 2012

UNISON calls for urgent action to boost council street cleansing services

News that many areas in Edinburgh are not meeting cleanliness targets will come as no surprise to many, not least the workers who strive to provide - and incidentially take pride in - this front line service despite the problems they face. John Stevenson on STV website http://local.stv.tv/edinburgh/magazine/106187-unison-calls-for-urgent-action-to-boost-council-street-cleansing-services/

So what’s the answer? We have to start by acknowledging that nothing is easy when councils are being hit by a failed government policy of austerity bringing unprecedented and unnecessary funding cuts. Cuts that don’t just affect our services but affect the whole local economy. Cuts that have succeeded only in making things worse by bringing the double-dip recession UNISON had warned about since day one.

On top of that, for two years the council's efforts were diverted into a wasteful and costly privatisation exercise instead of concentrating on what really mattered - delivering the service. Millions spent on consultants would have been far better spent on front line services.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Monday, 4 June 2012

Email problem 4 June

The branch email is not working just now as our service provider does some upgrades. We hope it will be back on later today.