UNISON Negotiates A Learning Agreement with
City of Edinburgh Council
December 2013: UNISON has managed
to negotiate and sign a Learning Agreement
with the City of Edinburgh Council which will
ensure that staff have the opportunity to
engage in Lifelong Learning and Career Development
in their working time.
It’s a great , positive step which
has already seen us deliver four Dyslexia
Awareness Courses through funding from Scottish
Union Learning /European Social Fund attracting
60 Learners and with plans to run IT, Care
Worker Skills and Dementia Awareness courses
in February & March we are developing
a really positive image around Trade Union
membership and it’s many and varied
Delivering Learning to our members is not
only a great recruitment and retention tool
but it empowers people and can make real changes
to their lives at home and in the workplace
by opening the door to greater opportunities.
Contact the Branch Office for details
Union Learning Reps
How can Union Learning Rep's make a difference?
- Do you like learning new things?
- Are you a good listener?
- Do people often ask you for advice?
If you answered yes to any of
these questions, then you might consider becoming
a Union Learning Rep. (ULR)
Learning is a core issue for Trade
Unions as well as representation and negotiation.
ULR's have a big role to play at the heart of
UNISON is committed to building
capacity for learning, by the promotion and
implementation of lifelong learning opportunities,
along with the determination to maximise the
guidance opportunities for our member's which
As a ULR you will have rights
to paid time off to carry out your duties, similar
to those of Health and Safety rep's and Stewards,
and to training for such duties.
Benefits for employers and members
the higher the qualifications people have, the
better opportunity they have to improve pay
Training builds equality-:
getting workers better access to training
bridges the divide between the skills rich and
the skills poor.
Training builds union membership-:offering
help to access learning and qualifications,
will attract new members, and hold on to existing
Training can lead to higher
self esteem:- Raising the proportion of
workers trained, can increase the value added
per worker, the better qualified a worker is,
the less vulnerable they are to unemployment.
Prize Draw Winners from the Learning
Meal at Frankensteins -
Jan Fenwick, Captains Road
Meal at George Hotel - Moira Phair, Craigentinny
Bottle of Wine - Jeanette Fergus, Craigentinny
Bottle of Wine - Andrew Millar, Regent
Beaverhall Road Edinburgh
Thursday 26 May
Drop in between 10am - 4pm
Employee Development, Stevenson
College, UNISON, DanceBase, WEA etc will all
Drop in at any time that day to
find out about learning at Work opportunities,
see exhibitions, have taster sessions, raffle.
Lots of people to answer your
questions about what is right for you
Some courses like Return to Learn
and Improve Your Study Skills can qualify for
paid time off. Come along and learn more.
More information from your manager
or Dot Paterson, UNISON Lifelong Learning Organiser
at 0131 558 7488 or