Anonoymous – Confidential – Online Survey of Construction workers

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The STUC (Scottish Trade Union Congress) along with affiiated trade unions with membership in the construction sector have commissioned an academic study through Strathclyde Univesity and part of the research is getting the views directly from  union members  and workers in the construction sector in Scotland.


Let Your Voice be heard

Your are invited to complete a survey about you the workers experience in the construction sector in Scotland






Here is the link to the survey:

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Unite: Training and events organised for mental health awareness week


Unite: Training and events organised for mental health awareness week

Unite, the UK’s largest union, is running a series of mental health awareness courses as well as training members in mental health first aid throughout the UK to coincide with mental health awareness week (May 13-19).

In recent years there has been a huge increase in awareness of mental health issues in the workplace, although the true scale of the problem in the workplace is masked by workers remaining reluctant to admit their problems.

One in four will experience mental health issues 

This reluctance is particularly the case in macho industries such as construction. At least one in four of people will experience mental health issues during their lifetime.

Courses are running in Scotland, East Midlands and West Midlands and also directly in workplaces including British Aerospace, Sulzer, Leeds Training Hospital, Hull city council, Midlothian council and Network Rail.

There are already a number of companies that Unite has worked with which are already ‘going the extra mile’ to promote good mental health in the workplace they include: Arriva Trains, BA Avonics, Barclays, Royal Mail, Sellafield and Scottish and Southern Energy.

Unite is organising further activities on mental health training for this autumn to coincide with World Mental Health day on Thursday 10 October 2019.

Mental health is a key workplace concern 

Unite director for education Jim Mowatt said: “Our members are increasingly highlighting how mental health issues are a key concern in the workplace.

“Unite is providing training and advice for our activists to ensure that our members receive the support and are all able to access the help they need.

“We are also highlighting where employers working practices are resulting in workplace mental ill health. Unite is breaking down the barriers and taboos to ensure that mental health problems are no longer a silent epidemic that is not talked about.”


Notes to editors:

More information about Mental Health Week

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235. Email:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.


For training on mental health awarness  contact Unite Scotland learmning department


Jim Aitken , Education & Development Organiser

T: 0141 404 5424   F: 0141 248 8421
Unite the Union, John Smith House,145/165 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 4RZ
Email the Scotland Education Team

Glasgow – Pat Egan
Tel: 07918 630366





“We are worth more” Is the message from West Lothian workers to their Union, in Unite the Union latest survey from Building services

Pay & Reward  workers top concerns in Unite in Building services survey

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“We are worth  more” is the message from West Lothian workers to Unite.


A big thanks to all workers who completed our recent workplace survey over 250 returned. Unite will now be looking to campaign on issues you have raised. You need a strong active Union in the workplace to success­fully campaign and win on your issues at work.

 To do this Unite will be calling on all members and the workforce to play their part in up and coming campaigns please contact your workplace reps on how to get involved.

 Pay& reward was your most important concern, with workers asking why
in Building services West Lothian Council fails to match the salaries of other councils.  A quick look at My Jobs Scotland shows workers on thou­sands of £s less than their council counterparts elsewhere in Scotland. Issus around the availability and quality of P.P.E. (Personnel Protective Equipment)  a working group has been set up with Unite representation on it. There is a demand from workers  that WLC  recognise and reward them for additional skills they complete in job roles.

 You the members and workers in WLC need a strong voice  to campaign and win with Unite,when we take your concerns to management.

Your Unite Team in Building Services  in West Lothian Council

Unite the Union Workplace Reps

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Frank O Neil : Email

Regional Office  Greame Turnbull  @ Edinburgh Office  telephone 0131 556 9676

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Join Unite online  today for more information contact your workplace rep  (details above)

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Unite`s Broad Industrial Strategy Secure Work! Strong Voice! Decent Pay & Conditions!

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                            Work, Voice, Pay

Len McCluskeyWork, Voice, Pay is the cornerstone of our Union’s industrial strategy. At Unite we know that it is only by delivering at the workplace that we remain relevant to working people. It is our success or failure at the bargaining table that we are ultimately judged on.

I am delighted that our research consistently proves that Unite negotiations secure better pay deals for working people. But we are determined to help further improve delivery for our members at the workplace. At its core this pledge focuses on what our Union does best:

  • Securing good jobs and decent work
  • Making sure workers have a strong and effective voice
  • Getting decent pay and conditions

Sharon Graham



On this part of the website you will find tools and support to help you, as Unite reps, get organised and win Secure Work, a Strong Voice and Decent Pay where you work. Work, Voice, Pay is delivered by Unite’s Organising and Leverage Department, headed by executive officer, Sharon Graham (right).

These resources are designed to assist you, our shop stewards and representatives. I hope that they will help you to campaign for better pay and conditions for Unite members.

Yours Fraternally,

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Len McCluskey,
General secretary

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Facility Time Fight

Congratulations to all at West Dunbartoshire Council, councillors rescinded decision to cut facility time, a good win for the joint trade unions.