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Welcome to SEPA UNISON Branch

SEPA UNSON members meetings

Thursday 29th April 2021

11am and 2pm

link to Zoom meeting

meeting ID: 834 953 1116

passcode: thebigcup

E-brief & Members Feedback February 2021


The 3rd SEPA UNISON Branch Quiz 

Friday 30th April 2021 at 7:15pm

Teams of 4 to 6 - we'll find you a team if you don't have one

Run on Zoom same details as members meetings above

E-mail [email protected] to let us know you want to join in or just turn up!


Contacts for members:

We can also put you in contact with your local steward

Zia Hussain 01698 839198

Liz Dundas 01738 448804

Jim Dillon 07917 428469

[email protected]

Facebook: SEPA UNISON Branch

Twitter: @SEPAUNISON


ADDITIONAL Cyber Security Courses on Zoom

5 May 2021 11am 

Practical Cyber Resilience Skills - how to protect your computers & smartphones from cyber attacks

E-mail [email protected] to secure your place - first come, first served


Menopause course

Wednesday 19th May 2-4:30pm - women only

Wednesday 26th May 2-4:30pm - men only 

Monday 31st May 10-12:30pm - mixed

Ruth Devlin www.letstalkmenopause.co.uk has previously delivered a very informative course to Branch activists and we felt it would be of interest to all our members. We plan to run three separate courses which are 2.5hrs long. There will be women’s only, men’s only and mixed sessions.


From a workplace view, there are risks of disability discrimination and/or sex discrimination, and/or age discrimination if a worker is mismanaged because of their menopause or perimenopause symptoms.


If you are interested in this course or have further questions, e-mail [email protected]


Overview of Menopause course:

• Signs & symptoms

• Diagnosis

• How to cope with symptoms

• Menopause within the workplace

• Helpful signposting

• Q&A

Members contact details for SEPA UNISON

It would be very helpful for Branch communications if members would provide a personal e-mail address on their UNISON details. These can be accessed on the UNISON website under My UNISON

If you haven't registered before, you will need your membership number. If you don't know it, e-mail [email protected] or alternatively, e-mail us the e-mail address and we can change it for you. 

February is LGBT+ History Month

LBGT+ History Month, observed in February each year, is a chance to end invisibility and celebrate the lives and achievements of the diverse LBG+ community. #LGBTHistoryMonth  Nationally UNISON looks back on our own LGBT+ history to see how far we have come, remind us of what we have achieved and recommit to the campaigns ahead. UNISON LGBT+ Historical Highlights


It was the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in Scotland on 1st Feb 1981. We remember the generation of LGBT Scots hurt by unjust laws and those who worked tirelessly for a better future. 

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