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Branch officers have been out and about at pay meetings across many workplaces in the last couple of months. These meetings have been really useful, not just for hearing your views on pay, but also for hearing how we could do things better. Three main issues have come up:-

Branch officers in the workplace
Many members feel they only see branch officers when they want something from them. The reality is that branch officers have heavy workloads representing members and negotiating on a host of procedures and agreements that often go unnoticed.

But that does not excuse us not keeping in touch. We are looking at a range of ways to get branch officers out into workplaces and we hope to start a series of 'drop in surgeries' from September onwards, starting with Waverley Court.

Communications
Website/Social Media: People want the website updated more regularly with what is going on in the branch. We try to update as much as possible but we are now looking at better ways to get the information on quicker.

We will continued to use the blog, facebook and twitter to get urgent information out. You can follow us on twitter at @unisonedin

Newsletter: We are committing to a monthly newsletter where possible. Because of how long it takes to turn round a newsletter for 8,000+ members, it is sometimes not possible to report on fast changing issues and we will use the web and social media for that. We also need people prepared to distribute the newsletter in workplaces.

Representation
The key to better and quicker union representation is more stewards! We are going all-out to try to get new stewards and to find better ways of allocating work so that you get the service when you need it.

Thanks for being a UNISON member and check back here for updates on progress on these issues.

July 2014

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