As you will know, Home Support Worker 1’s have been issued with a variation to contract which confirms their regrading from Grade 2 to Grade 3. The advice given to the branch by UNISON Scotland has been NOT to sign these variations until such time as our legal representatives fully assess the impact on equal pay and the Councils pay and grading model.

Our legal representative has now confirmed that you should NOT sign this variation of contract, and as a result we will be writing to you in the next 10 working days with an alternative letter that you should send to the Council, along with a grievance letter raising issues with how your job has been assessed by the Council. This grievance relates to all home support workers and not just those who have had variations of contract issued.

In order to answer your queries and explain our position UNISON has arranged three members meetings for home support workers to attend. These will all be held in The Glo Centre, 78 Muir Street, Motherwell, ML1 1BN on:

Monday 12 May at 7.30pm

Tuesday 13 May at 7.30pm

Wednesday 14 May at 7.30pm

We understand that we cannot please everyone in terms of dates and venues for meetings but UNISON feel that given the need for a certain size of venue and home support shift patterns that this would give the maximum number of members the ability to attend at least one of the nights.

I look forward to seeing you at the members meetings.


John Mooney