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Hello... from the new Young Members' Committee

UNISON Scotland Young Members Committee
The UNISON Scotland Young Members Committee elected in March 2014:
Katrina Rankin, East Renfrewshire Branch, Chair of SYMC; Ryan Boyle, NHS Glasgow, Clyde & CVS Branch & Raymond Kilpatrick, NHS Glasgow Branch, Vice Chair of SYMC (shared); Chris Allen, Gas Branch; Fahd Asif, University of Dundee Branch; Leanne Barnett, Aberdeen Health Branch; Charlene Brown, Aberdeen Health Branch; Sarah Collins, East Ayrshire Branch; Matt Ellis, Aberdeen Health Branch; William Johnstone, NHS Lothian Branch; Andrea Kay, Argyll & Bute Branch; Sarah Rodgers, West Lothian Branch; Cara Wedlock, South Lanarkshire Branch; Carri Wight, NHS Lothian Branch;

Young members produce housing guide

Housing Guide

Whether it's renting social housing, becoming a private tenant or buying your own home, entering the housing market for the first time can be daunting.

That is why the UNISON Young Members in Scotland support have produced Young Members Housing Guide 2014/15.

It gives a simplified overview of your rights and responsibilities, as well as schemes out there aimed at helping young people get started on the property ladder.

Scotland is currently facing a housing crisis. The lack of social housing in particular is impacting heavily on young people who are either forced to stay with parents, are struggling to afford rented accommodation and save enough money to be able to buy their own home.

We believe everyone should have a home and shouldn't be struggling to afford a place to call their own.

February 2104

Wendy Hudson
Scottish Young Members Officer


Archive news....

Young Workers Day - South Ayrshire

South Ayrshire UNISON's Young Members Officer - Michelle Coulter, recently held a Young Workers Day for new Skillseekers employed by the council. The aim of the day was to inform the new starts of the importance of trade union membership. By all accounts, a successful day was had: 17 new UNISON members and a heightened awareness of employment rights!

The Young Workers Day campaign is supported by the Scottish Young Members Committee, to encourage branches to reach out to young workers and educate them on their rights as they come into the workplace. More details are available in the Events section.

On Strike for Fair Pay!

Angela Nicol, of the Scottish Young Members Committee, spoke at the rally in Edinburgh on the second day of action in the Local Government pay dispute.


STUC Youth Conference

2008's STUC Youth Conference was held in the Saluation Hotel in Perth, with this year being the 70th birthday of the STUC Youth Committee.

This year's Committee election results mean that UNISON Scotland will be represented by Carrie Milligan (Chair - Scottish Young Members Ctte) and Graham Smith (Vice-Chair, Scottish Young Members Ctte).

Derek Burns at STUC Youth Conference
Derek Burns speaking on behalf on UNISON at the STUC Youth Conference

Scotland's Young Members at National Delegate Conference

In keeping with Scottish Young Members involvement at National Delegate Conference, they were well represented in all of the week's proceedings.

Scotland's Young Members were ably represented by Angela Nicoll; in addition many branches nominated young members to represent their branches at conference.