Aberdeenshire UNISON

Branch wins campaign award

The branch has won this year’s Scottish Communications and Campaigns award for the best campaign, for our campaign around Equal Pay compensation for our low paid mainly women members who were not paid bonus. Bob collects award

Bob Revie, Branch Secretary, collected a framed certificate and £250 on behalf of the branch, from UNISON’s national president, Malcolm Cantello, at December’s Scottish Council. The branch will also get to use the Scottish Communications and Campaigns award logo on all our publications for this year.

“I am delighted that the branch has won this award,” said Bob. “It is a tribute not only to the branch officers and full-time staff who planned the campaign, but to all the branch activists who got involved. We couldn’t have done it without their support.”

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The campaign was set up to make sure that our members knew about their rights to equal pay and what the branch was doing to make sure they got this; and to give advice to members who were made compensation offers for pay inequality. To do this, the branch sent out briefings, attended all of the council’s signing days to provide advice and support , trained activists on the equal pay issues, and briefed the local press.

As a result, the branch has lodged grievances on behalf of over 100 of our members to protect their rights to compensation. Many of those members have recently received improved offers. We have gained 6 new workplace contacts and our membership has increased by 10%. We have also met many more of our members and you had the chance to talk to branch officers and stewards.

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