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Dear member,                                                                                          22 September 2017

As you will be aware the consultative ballot on the pay offer this year finished this week, the results were evenly split between yes and no votes.  The Branch Committee discussed the result and agreed that it would be appropriate to re-run the ballot to get a clearer remit.   This will allow us to either go back to the table and continue negotiations fully supported by members or accept the offer to allow SEPA to gain Scottish Government approval of their pay remit.

What happens next?The ballot will be sent back out to members within the next 2 weeks with a return deadline of around the end of October.  Clearer timescales will be given when resource availability becomes more clear over the next week or so.

What we need you to do is, 1) make sure your membership details are up to date, you can do that either by emailing me (Rebecca Noon), or do this directly from the UNISON website. 2) VOTEand encourage your fellow members to do the same.

If you have any questions please contact your local steward, or the SEPA UNISON mailbox.

A copy of this message can be found on our website, www.sepaunison.org, SEPA will also be issuing a similar message to all staff.

Provision of a car at work - the SEPA 2012 car policy states:
1.1       Pool Vehicles Pool vehicles are provided to allow SEPA employees to undertake their official business without them having to use their own private vehicle.  No employee should use their own private vehicle for business use unless: 
  • Public transport is unsuitable for use
  • A SEPA designated pool vehicle is not available for use
  • A driver with a vehicle under the SEPA Leased Car Scheme is not undertaking the same journey.
  • Vehicle sharing is unavailable or unsuitable
If an employee is required to use their own vehicle, authorisation must be obtained from their line manager prior to travel.

Meetings and webinar in the wake of the Brexit referendum vote highlight issues faced by 67,000+ members and their families who are EU citizens from outside the UK.  UNISON will also be publishing online information, and UNISON EU network roadshow will be touring the country in the autumn, when the union will listen to members' concerns and talk about the union's campaign for their rights.  

Pensions - Falkirk Pension Fund non-carbon based investment of funds - more info - if you would like to be involved in looking into this issue, please contact Liz Dundas or Alan Fleming.

Young PeopleChange History
members under 27
here's how + timeline of social movements.

The threat to public services is unprecedented and young people must be part of the campaign to save them. Know any young people working for SEPA? Get them to join UNISON!

We are looking for H&S reps for various offices - please contact Liz Dundas for more info