Activists are the backbone of Unite. It’s mainly through their hard work that we protect employees rights at work, campaign for better working practices and support those in need of help. They’re the bridge between employers and employees in workplaces and negotiate on important matters to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard.
If you’d like to get more involved in your union now is the time to do it. Elections for workplace representatives and branch officers will be taking place early in the first quarter of 2022, so this is your chance to become more active in Unite.
Elections for workplace representatives and branch officers take place once every three years. The next electoral period is 2022 to 2025. Your regional office will provide more information about how elections will be conducted, but all reps will be elected by the end of March 2022 or contact your branch secretary or senior reps.
If you think you have what it takes, sign up using the form to the right.
These roles may sound challenging, but all of our workplace representatives receive quality training in all of the areas of their responsibility. The training is a great opportunity to learn – and meet other Unite activists from across all of our different workplaces and Sectors. The role of the Health & Safety reps is covered by law and specialist training is therefore available. Following your training support and advice is available from other reps or your union fulltime official.
Workplace reps are eligible to be nominated to various lay delegate or representative positions.
Everyone is in a union branch. These are usually based on workplaces, but they can also be based on an industry or geography. The Branch is the key structure through which members can come together to participate in the Union’s activities and democracy, access services, recruit, organise, campaign, support local issues and influence Unite policy.
Branch officers are elected by and from the members of the branch. Details of how to run the elections are provided by your regional administration. All branch officers must be elected for the new electoral term by end of March 2022.
You can join Unite the Union online: https://join.unitetheunion.org/
Or contact one of the Unite reps (Details below)
West Lothian Council Local Unite contacts
Unite the Union Shop Stewards/ Workplace Reps
Whitehill Service Centre
Senior Steward: Pat Tedford
Mobile: 07787 102 636 E mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Davy Johnstone :E mail : email@example.com
Davy Dowds :E mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald Smail: E mail : email@example.com
Andy Dowds: E mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Bobby Lee : E mail : Bobby.email@example.com
Kirkton Service Centre
Unite the Union Workplace Reps
Rab Brown Unite Convenor: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tam Brown Unite Rep: Email: email@example.com
Ryan Morcombe: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional Contacts Unite Scotland
Pat Rafferty is the Unite Scotland regional secretary
We have offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Ayr, and Inverness. Alternatively contact one of our departments.