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Welcome to SEPA UNISON Branch

SEPA UNSON members meetings

Thursday 9th September 2021

11am and 2pm

link to Zoom meeting

meeting ID: 834 953 1116

passcode: thebigcup

This is a key way to collect members' views & comments so that Branch positions can be developed.

Issues to be discussed include pay, 4-day week, workspaces/wfh, flexibility, well-being, PDRs. 

Contacts for members:

Speak to us - we're here to help & support our members

Zia Hussain 01698 839198

Liz Dundas 01738 448804

Jim Dillon 07553 674974

We can also put you in contact with your local steward

[email protected]

Facebook: SEPA UNISON Branch



Learn to speak Spanish online with the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign - see below

It was recently Mental Health Awareness Week. The Coronavirus pandemic has had a major effect on so many of us - affecting us as individuals and also our families, our friends and our colleagues.

Did you know?

You can update your member details including contact details on the UNISON website under My UNISON.

If you haven't registered before, you will need your membership number. 

E-mail [email protected] if you don't know it. 

¡Hola a todxs!

Fancy learning Spanish and supporting a great cause at the same time? SEPA UNISON branch are funding 8 places for members on the upcoming online Spanish courses run by Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign (NSC). All class fees go towards NSC’s work to raise awareness in the UK of the situation in Nicaragua and support Nicaraguan organisations fighting for social, environmental and economic justice.

The classes are well organised and run, and the tutor (Dante) creates a welcoming and friendly learning environment that is as much a social experience as an educational one (a few branch officers have attended previous courses). NSC also run webinars on environmental/ social issues that offer Spanish/ English translation, so there is plenty opportunity for out of class further education (and listening practice!). Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign – For social, economic and environmental justice in Nicaragua (

If you would like to register for a place, please email [email protected] by 12 noon on Thursday 9th Sept stating which course you are interested in. If more apply than there are places for, names will be selected at random.

Registrations forms will be available on request and must be sent to [email protected] by 12 noon on Thursday 9th Sept. You are committing to attend term one starting Monday 13th September to Monday 6th December. 

COURSE INFO - classes are held online via Zoom

Provider: Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign

All class fees go towards NSC’s work to raise awareness in the UK of the situation in Nicaragua and support Nicaraguan organisations fighting for social, environmental and economic justice.

Term dates:

Start: w/c Monday, September 13th

End: w/c Monday, December 6th

(half term break w/c Monday, October 25th)

Classes (all held on Mondays):

5.30 – 6.30: Beginners – NEW students

A 12-week online course for students with very little to no familiarity with Spanish.

6.30 – 7.30: Beginners – CONTINUING

A 12-week online course for students who have some familiarity with Spanish but need to revisit the basics before advancing. Also suitable for students continuing from the NEW Beginners course.

7.30 – 8.30: Beginners PLUS

A 12-week online course for students who are familiar with some basic grammar and vocabulary and are learning to communicate in Spanish around practical matters and topics of interest. 

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter can also be read as Black Lives Matter Too not Only Black Lives Matter. The movement works towards equality which can only be achieved when the group that suffers the most inequality is the focus of systemic change. 

PPE Not Promises - Save Lives

UNISON is working constantly to push for staff to get the vital equipment they need.

• Check out the campaign timeline to see some of UNISON's interventions to date;

• Find out what PPE your employer should be providing;

• Use our PPE Alert to tell us what's happening in your workplace.

E-briefs - source of info re SEPA UNISON branch activities and information

SEPA UNISON Welfare E-brief April 2020

SEPA UNISON News E-brief April 2020

Hydrology Review - contact Liz Dundas or Louise Giblin

Water & Land Unit Review - contact Zia Hussain

Health & Safety concerns including DSE issues - contact James Dillon or William Wilson

SEPA UNISON AGM – 24th March 2021 at 11am and 2pm

Offices in attendance: ASB, Aberdeen, Thurso, Kirkwall, Arbroath, Edinburgh, Ayr, Glasgow, Balloch, Gala, Stirling, Glenrothes, Dingwall, Fort William, Lochgilphead, Shetland, Elgin, Fraserburgh, Dumfries, Newton Stewart and Perth

Welcome: Louise Giblin chaired the AGM on 24th March @ 11am with James Dillon chairing the meeting on the 24th of March @ 2pm

Guest Speakers were Christina McAnea (UNISON General Secretary) and Stephen Smellie (UNISON Scotland Deputy Convenor & Chair of the UNISON Scotland Green Network )

Reports from Branch Officers – Reports received from Co- Chairs – Louise Giblin and James Dillon International Officer – Louise Giblin; Treasurer – Shirley Cochrane; Terms & Conditions – Ian McNiven and Fiona Gentle; Communications Officer – Fiona Napier; Equalities – Liz Dundas; Health & Safety – James Dillon and William Wilson, Woman’s Officer – Kim Bradley, Environment Officer – David Shannon, LGBT officer – Fiona Gentle and Secretary – Zia Hussain.

AOB – The branch would like to thank Louise Giblin for her work as co-chair at the branch during the last two years.

Election of Branch Officers

Co - Chairperson Liz Dundas

Co - Chairperson James Dillon

Secretary Zia Hussain

Treasurer Shirley Cochrane

Education co-ordinator Tony McCann

Terms and conditions officer Ian McNiven / Fiona Gentle-Gailbrath

Equality coordinator Louise Giblin

Co - Health and safety officer James Dillon

Co - Health and safety officer William Wilson

Communications officer Fiona Napier

International officer Louise Giblin

Membership officer Vacant

Job Evaluation officer Liz Dundas

Young members officer (Under 27) Vacant

Welfare officer Michael Buchan

Woman’s Officer Kim Bradley

Black Members Officer Chinny Iroegbu

Environment Officer David Shannon

Disabilities Officer Stuart Peat

LGBT Officer Fiona Gentle-Gaibraith

Election of Branch Stewards

Chris Garvie

Zia Hussain

Louise Giblin

Liz Dundas

Michael Buchan

David Shannon

Craig Scott

Ian McNiven

Tony McCann

Cameron Scott

Fiona Napier

James Dillon

William Wilson

Clare Anderson

Simon Cook

AGM 26th & 27th February 2020

PAY INFO - April 2018