Stop Council Budget Cuts – Public Meeting

7pm Thursday 27th November 2014                                                                                       Augustine Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh

The City of  Edinburgh Council’s draft budget proposals for 2015/6 will significantly damage services for those most in need, say anti-cuts campaigners. They also fear a steep deterioration in terms and conditions for council employees. Resistance to the budget will be organised at a public meeting to be held by community groups and trade unionists at the end of the month. The Council is proposing cuts of £22m, as part of a three-year strategy that will inflict further cuts of £55m and £77m in the next two financial years. Campaigners will be identifying reductions to services for vulnerable people in the capital: they will challenge councillors on how they can support such cuts and still claim to be fulfilling their pledge when they took office in May 2012 to reduce poverty, inequality and deprivation in the city.

The meeting has been organised by a  coalition of organisations including Edinburgh Anti Cuts Alliance, Edinburgh TUC, East Edinburgh Save our Services and UNITE Edinburgh Not For Profit Branch.

Unite Bedroom Tax deptuation to Council Strategy Committee

Deputation to Corporate Policy and Strategy Committee Meeting 6/8/13

My name is Des Loughney and I am secretary of the UNITE Edinburgh Not For Profit Branch. The branch has about 800 members of whom 150 work for Housing Associations. We are grateful to the Committee for giving us this opportunity for commenting on the Welfare Reform further update report which is in front of you. The main concerns of my branch members who work for housing associations regarding the impact of the bedroom tax are: Continue reading

Edinburgh TUC Anti-Cuts Newsletter – December 2012

The latest issue of Edinburgh Trade Union Council’s monthly anti-cuts newsletter contains;

  • Owen Jones speaks out against cuts at Edinburgh conference
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission gives victory for disability campaigners
  • Report from Edinburgh East Save Our Services
  • A fair deal for Personal Assistants

Click here to read the newsletter.

Stop Edinburgh Council Pay Cuts


9am – 10am Thursday 13th December 2012

Gather outside the City Chambers on the High Street                                               The recognised trade unions in the City of Edinburgh Council, warmly welcome the introduction of the Living Wage at the higher rate of £7.50. Yet, in spite of the Living Wage, there is a looming crisis that will sadly not be mitigated by its introduction. Hundreds of already low paid employees are still facing financial turmoil and hardship come October 2013. Continue reading

Details of PCS pensions strike picket lines

On Thursday 10th May 28,000 civil service members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) in Scotland will be participating in nationally co-ordinated industrial action involving up to a million members throughout the UK against the UK government’s plans for public sector pensions. Continue reading