Unite the Union – update on consultative ballots in Building & Operational services @02 September

As you may be aware Unite is currently running confidential consultative ballots in Building Services and Operational Services in response to our members anger at the unfairness at the introduction of a new random alcohol & drug testing policy which will only affect ” Safety critical” employees approximately 20% of council employees. The random testing will only apply to 5% of specific job families annually within West Lothian Council.

If ,Unite members return a strong mandate to reject this unfair policy then Unite will carry out our members wishes and seek authorisation to conduct a formal industrial action ballot.





Unite Building Services members
Get Out The Vote Campaign
High Unite membership
High Unite participation
High return of postal Ballots


Unite Shop stewards committee recommend that you vote to Reject the introduction of the new West Lothian Council random alcohol & drug  testing policy for” safety critical” roles.



Building Services : Postal  Ballot is Now Open 

Ballot opens 30 Aug

Ballot papers to be returned by post no later  5pm  Friday 13 September

Post your vote


Please return your ballot paper in the pre-paid envelope provided

If you have not received your ballot paper by Wednesday 03 of September,please contact the Edinburgh Unite office ASAP  contact details below:.

Unite the Union Edinburgh office

Telephone:  0131 556 9676

(Please have your membership details handy)

If you have any questions on the ballot please contact your  local reps. Please ensure your membership details and your home postal address are correct and up to date.



4 Easy Steps to Get Out the Vote (GOTV) & Win  #GOTV

  1. Vote
  2. Return Your ballot paper ASAP /by return
  3. Encourage your Unite colleagues to do the same
  4. Get active in the campaign




Union Petition Lobby your elected officials 

petition local
Lobby your Councillors sign our petition ask your rep for a hard copy to sign or click on the link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/87VMP7V
Are you a member? – 3 Easy ways stay informed

  1. Join the Unite in West Lothian What’s App group to stay informed
  2. Follow the social Media streams
  3. Contact your workplace rep or put in place a Unite point of contact In your work area to find out how contact


Unite reps West Lothian Council contacts 
Kirkton Service Centre
Rab Brown  Unite Convenor: Mobile : 07960 195 795
Email  robert.brown@westlothian.gov.uk
Operational Services
Workplace rep Davie Johnstone
Mobile 07863 781 929


Operational Services Consultative ballot results 
Unite members within operational services who have been informed they are subject to the new random alcohol & drug testing policy have just been consultatively balloted by Unite the result is as follows
Ballot Result : 100% Rejection 75% Turnout


Unite will now consult with members in operational services on the next steps going forward.


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If you are not yet a member of Unite can you afford not to be? You will not get a say in ballots whether consultative or formal  unless you are a member.

You can join  Unite the Union online : https://join.unitetheunion.org/

Next steps

  1. Not a member Join Unite today
  2. Getting The Vote Out in Building Services ballot
  3. Lobby your Councillor’s
  4. Getting IA Ballot ready

If you are a member and would like to get more involved or have an issue or campaign you wish Unite to campaign on contact your Unite reps today


Unite the Union Workplace Reps

Building Services Kirkton Service centre 
Rab Brown  Unite Convenor: Email  robert.brown@westlothian.gov.uk

Tam Brown Unite Rep: Email: tam.brown@unitewlc.org

Jade Deans Unite Rep: Email:jaderooney91@hotmail.com

Ryan Morcombe: Email  ryan.morcombe@unitewlc.org

Frank O Neil : Email  foneil@hotmail.com



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