There is a joint Education and Communications
Committee elected from the branch committee.
This group, along with the elected officer oversee
It also aims to assess activists training needs
and direct them towards other courses, for example:
- national UNISON courses
- Scottish UNISON courses
- TUC college based courses.
Each new steward or health and safety rep is
expected to attend a two or three day branch
induction course and is offered a 10 week, one
day a week day release college based course
in two stages. New branch officers are expected
to attend the Scottish weekend course at the
beginning of their year of office.
Courses exist on a range of issues including:
- Basic induction
- Stewards stage 1 and 2
- Safety reps stage 1 and 2
- Basic branch officers
- Dealing with members problems
- Negotiating skills
- Public speaking
Plus a range of courses on specific negotiating
issues (eg TUPE, Employment Law etc).