MINUTE OF THE 10th AGGREGATED ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
HELD ON WEDNESDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2004 IN THE
LOCHGELLY CENTRE AT 12.15P.M.
Maureen Rodger, Margaret McFarlane, Ian Christie, Andrew Lightfoot, Ron McNeish,
Jean McDonald, Stevie Murray, Val King, Lorraine Mullen, Celia Lennox, Catherin Brown,
Sandy Fraser, Ann Henderson, Greg Jones, Tom Phillips, Anne Bowers, Marge McMaster,
Gwen Greenlees, Keith Greenlees, Wendy Penman, Eddie Eugster, Hayat Hewitt,
Gordon Hindlay, Catherine Ewen, Morag Miller, George Provan, Bob Lawson, Ronald Howie,
Tom Johnston, Allan Williamson, Brian Smith, Mark Ferguson, Ken Blakey, Paula Haggerty,
Evelyn Patterson, June Lawson, Margaret Stanton, Tracy Mackie and Cathie Fotheringham.
Officers at top table: Linda Erskine, Stevie Murray, Gordon Pryde and Jim McNeil.
Stevie asked for a minutes silence in memory of those members who have died in the past year.
There were no apologies.
3. APPOINTMENT OF SCRUTINEERS
It was agreed to appoint Ken Blakey and Gordon Hindlay as scrutineers, if required.
4. APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTE AND MATTERS ARISING
Moved by Ken Blakey, there was no seconder present.
There were no matters arising.
5. REPORTS: CHAIRPERSON/SECRETARY/TREASURER
Stevie started by thanking the officers, staff and stewards for their work in the past year.
Nursery Nurse campaign – our members have been forced into this form of action by the lack of
assistance by CoSLA. Strike action is always a last resort. There will be all-out strike action on
Monday. Stevie wished our members all the best in their forthcoming campaign.
Environmental Services, West Area – the on-going problems with management/employee
relationship have now been resolved.
Senior Management Review – Stevie reported that following consultation with members that
management are taking comments on board re structures etc.
Single Status – Stevie reported that the Branch have a representative on each of the sub-groups
(Pay & Grading, Terms & Conditions and Bonus) an extension to the deadline will likely be
requested. The Branch also need Stewards to assist in this massive exercise also. Training to
assist stewards is provided through UNISON Scotland and the STUC.
PPP/PFI – officers from the Branch are involved with meetings of the PPP Strategy Group – the
issue of members being transferred to an outside company has now been dealt with.
RMS – Stevie informed those present that with the assistance of the new RMS individual
notification was sent to all members re the Aggregated Annual General Meetings.
Communication from the Branch has been poor and is an area that needs addressed. The Branch
desperately need more Stewards to assist with processes in the Branch. Stevie added that there is
no point complaining about what UNISON is or is not doing if you aren’t prepared to act as a
In the past year the Branch have dealt with approximately 1,000 cases.
Stevie asked if there were any questions on his report.
A member asked when Single Status will be completed? Stevie informed the meeting that the
Branch have just been notified by CoSLA that the date they gave of April 2004 was only a target
date. Fife Council have 93% of posts evaluated. To date there has been no request for an
Linda started by thanking the staff, Stevie, officers and stewards for their work.
Linda briefly spoke on the following issues which have been dealt with by the Branch including
facilities review – progress has been extremely slow, Education Service ICT review – now
concluded, Education Service library review, Education Service clerical review in ASDARC,
Rothesay House and Fife House, Community Use Schools – clerical review – the job
descriptions have now to be evaluated, Community Services Parks and Amenities – now almost
concluded, Development Services merger – on-going, 2nd tier structure now agreed with
interviews are being held today. There are however 2 posts being made redundant.
Social Work Service – there is to be a reduction in senior managers from 5 to 4 with all existing
senior managers being replaced. The Branch have been invited to submit questions for the
interviews for these posts and to participate in the development day. There are 23 people to be
interviewed. The recruitment of social workers is also an ongoing issue at present, with the
problem being the local authorities in the surrounding areas offering better pay.
Single Status implementation, Linda reported that a lot of work has been put into this locally and
now some 93% of the posts have now been evaluated. Linda also expressed concern now over
the announcement from CoSLA that April 2004 was only ever a target date. Other UNISON
Branches have also expressed concern on this. Linda added that there will possibly be motions
to National Conference in June to withdraw from Single Status. The Branch will have to wait for
It will cost Fife Council £8 million to implement Single Status.
The Branch will be organising a family fun day in June, a shopping trip to Newcastle and a
Stevie asked if there were any questions on Linda’s report. There were none.
Gordon went through the income/expenditure account and balance sheet and highlighted several
items including the £4,000.00.
Stevie asked if there were any questions on the accounts.
A member asked re miscellaneous costs and said that this figure should be broken down.
Phones – Stevie explained the duty officer process and that the Duty Officer process in the
branch. The Branch use the Council featurenet phones have UNISON mobile phones and have
internet costs. These costs are being looked at and an effort being made to reduce them.
Postage – Stevie informed the meeting that postage costs will increase in the coming year as
there will be an increase in mailings to members.
George Provan then asked re staff costs – Gordon explained that this is the 3 full-time and 1
part-time members of staff employed by the Branch.
A member then asked re conferences – Gordon explained that for the National Conference in
Brighton the Branch sent 9 delegates. The cost for this conference accommodation alone for
Stevie highlighted some of the other conferences attended by Branch Officer and Stewards
throughout the year:
Welfare, Police, Lesbian and Gay, PPP/PFI, Social Work, Housing, National Women’s
Conference, Scottish Council, Local Government conference.
The Branch are taking 4 new delegates to national/local government conference to try to
encourage more members to become active.
Member asked re the Black Members’ conference, Stevie explained that there is no Black
Members Convenor in the Branch at present.
6. APPROVAL OF ACCOUNTS
Stevie asked for approval of the accounts – approved.
Stevie informed those present that Lawrence Kemp is retiring and Tom Foster is standing down
as Auditors. The Branch will now have to seek new Auditors. Stevie gave a vote of thanks to
Tom and Lawrence for their work over the years.
7. ELECTION OF OFFICE BEARERS
Stevie informed those present that there was a ballot for the Service Conditions Officer post.
Stevie asked everyone to ensure that they complete their ballot paper and place it in the ballot
box before they left.
There are a number of vacant posts at present, it was agreed that Hayat speak to Stevie after the
Branch Chairperson - Stevie Murray
Branch Secretary - Linda Erskine
Branch Treasurer - Gordon Pryde
Service Conditions Officers (Shared) - Alex Duncan/ Eleanor Haggett (shared)
Brian Schulz/Marlene Burt (shared)
Disabled Convenor - Post vacant
Education Officer - Stevie Murray
Communications Officer - Roddy Cameron
APF Convenor - Post Vacant
Health and Safety - Post vacant
Retired Members Secretary - Nan and Archie McLean
Sports and Social Secretary - Brian Schulz/Jim Anderson (shared)
Welfare Officer - Eleanor Haggett
Women’s Convenor - Marie Macrae
Black Members Convenor Post vacant
Colleges Convenor Post vacant
Equal Opportunities Convenor Marie Macrae
Lesbian and Gay Convenor Alec Deary
Young Members Officer Post vacant
Voluntary Sector Convenor Post vacant
Stevie asked for approval of the above list – agreed.
8. ELECTION OF STEWARDS
Name Service Workplace
David Allan Building Operations Keir Hardie Street Depot
Lorraine Davies Community Services Dunfermline Library
Graeme Smith Community Services Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery/
Methil Heritage Centre
Dave Smart Community Services – Whitehill Depot, Glenrothes
Parks & Amenities
Keith Greenlees Development Services Dunfermline Business Centre
James Anderson Education Service Balwearie High School
Robert Gold Education Service Collydean Primary School
Elizabeth Hunter Education Service Ladybird Nursery
Michelle Robertson Education Service Hyndhead School
Steven Drury Education Service Leuchars Primary School
Bob Simpson Education Service Madras College, South Street Campus
Hannah Lafferty Education Service St Columbas High School
Denis Reddington Education Service St Kenneth’s Primary School
Callum Graham Environmental Services Elgin Street Depot, Dunfermline
Alex Dixon Environmental Services Elgin Street Depot, Dunfermline
Peter Morgan Environmental Services Prestonhall Depot, Cupar
Carolyn Aitken Environmental Services Prestonhall Depot, Cupar
Roddy McCafferty Environmental Services Prestonhall Depot, Cupar
David Oliver Facilities Service County Buildings, Cupar
Anne Kinloch Facilities Service County Buildings, Cupar
John Hutton Facilities Service Kingdom House
Anne McKenna Housing Service Lismore Place, Kirkcaldy
Neil Wilson IT Service Carleton House
Sharon Greig IT Service Carleton House
Marian Harvie IT Service Fife House 02
Roddy Cameron IT Service Haig House
Antonia Palmer Lauder College
Malcolm Hogg Local Office Network Contact Centre, Forth House
Andrea Thomas-Cartier Local Office Network Contact Centre, Forth House
Kenneth Blakey Local Office Network Cowdenbeath Local Office
Marge McMaster Local Office Network Kelty Local Office
Lorraine Rough Local Office Network Oakley Local Office
Alec Deary Policy & Organisational Dev. Carleton House
Margaret Scott Policy & Organisational Dev. Fife House
Rab Breslin Policy & Organisational Dev. Fife House
Nick Henderson Policy & Organisational Dev. Fife House
Marie Macrae Policy & Organisational Dev. Fife House
Bridget Hanna Scottish Police College Tulliallan Castle
Violet Bell Social Work Service Castlehill, Cupar
Helen Honeyman Social Work Service Castlehill, Cupar
Tracy Harrison Social Work Service Castlehill, Cupar
James Green Social Work Service Dalgairn Centre, Cupar
Marjory Wright Social Work Service Forward Centre, Glenrothes
Heather Campbell Social Work Service Park Road, Rosyth
Irene McGillvary Social Work Service South Street, Glenrothes
Janette Hoggan Social Work Service Station Road, Leven
Margaret Martin Social Work Service Stenhouse Street, Cowdenbeath
Janice Russell Trading Standards Kingdom House
Colin Paterson Transportation Service Trading Estate, Cupar
Health and Safety Representative
Name Service Workplace
Michael Blair Elmwood College Horticultural Department
David Francis Transportation Service Trading Estate, Cupar
All of the above nominations were received by the closing date and were confirmed as being in
order. The Branch continue to accept new Steward Nominations throughout the year. Stevie
asked for approval of the above lists – agreed.
9. MOTIONS RECEIVED
There were none.
10. ANY OTHER COMPETENT BUSINESS
10.1 Conference/Committee delegates for 2004
National Delegate/Local Government Conference 2004
Michelle Smith - Development Services - Anne McKenna - Housing Service
Eleanor Haggett - Branch Officer Colin Paterson - Branch Officer
Linda Erskine -Branch Officer Stevie Murray - Branch Officer
Marlene Burt - Branch Officer Jim Anderson - Education Service
Scottish Local Government Conference 2004
June Green - Job Analyst Team Stevie Murray - Branch Officer
Anne McKenna - Housing Service Brian Schulz - Branch Officer
Janice Russell - Trading Standards Alec Deary - P.O.D.
Eleanor Haggett - Branch Officer Colin Paterson - Branch Officer
Irene McGillvary - Social Work Service Roddy Cameron - IT Service
Linda Erskine - Branch Officer Gordon Pryde - Branch Officer
Catherine McManus - Community Services Michelle Smith - Development Services
Local Government Forum 2004
Eleanor Haggett and Stevie Murray.
Scottish Council 2004
June Green - Job Analyst Team Stevie Murray - Branch Officer
Catherine McManus - Community Services Gordon Pryde - Branch Officer
Eleanor Haggett - Branch Officer Alec Deary - P.O.D.
Irene McGillvary - Social Work Service Colin Paterson - Branch Officer
Linda Erskine - Branch Officer Roddy Cameron - IT Service
Marlene Burt - Branch Officer Brian Schulz – Branch Officer
Anne McKenna - Housing Service Michelle Smith - Development Services
Janice Russell - Trading Standards Marie Macrae - P.O.D.
A member asked re the process of choosing delegates to conference, Stevie explained the
process and also added that proportionality must be met as 75% of members are female.
The Scottish Council meets 3 Saturdays per year.
Linda explained that under UNISON Rules delegates must be brought forward to the
AAGM’s for approval.
Stevie asked for approval for the list of delegates – Agreed.
10.2 Pay Award – Stevie informed the meeting that following the recent consultation exercise
the results are as follows: £1,000 in the first year (flat rate) and 5% in the second year
with a minimum hourly rate of £6.00. The Trade Unions have submitted the results of
the consultation to CoSLA and will await their response. Fife Council have budgeted for
Stevie highlighted the importance of having a workplace steward for the consultation
A lengthy discussion took place re the 1% cut in funding for next year.
Tom Phillips asked if there are any discussions at present re allegiance to the Labour
Party. Stevie responded by saying that this can go through the APF group. Members do
not have to affiliate to the APF fund. A motion was taken to conference 2 years ago re `
A member asked re UNISON sponsored MSP’s, Stevie explained that this is not done
from a local level but is done nationally.
Linda informed members that they can change from APF to GPF.
10.3 The free prize draw winner was George Provan, Education Service.
10.4 Janitorial Review – a member asked re progress made on this, Stevie informed the
member that Alex Duncan is the officer who has been dealing with this issue. Stevie
agreed to pass on the members details to Alex.
10.5 A member then asked re the on-going difficulties in Social Work. Linda informed the
meeting that the new Head of Service is currently drafting a paper re this. There are 18
vacant Social Worker posts in Fife at present.
A member then expressed concern as it was the Head of Social Work who blocked an 5
Social Worker posts from being advertised.
It was agreed that Linda and Stevie would take this issue to the Social Work Forum.