UNITE Edinburgh Not-For-Profit Branch
The UNITE Edinburgh Not For Profit branch illustrates what can be achieved through a collective approach where a trade union organisation can speak for a whole industrial sector.
Founded in 1978, the branch has around 880 members working with 70 employers in the not-for-profit sector. It has lobbied the City of Edinburgh Council (and formerly Lothian Regional Council) to deliver local authority terms and conditions, including access to pension schemes and contractual sick pay, to comparable employees in the not-for-profit sector. Partnerships were formed with employers to influence and shape funding arrangements that benefitted care organisations, their clients and their employees.
In recent years the union branch has worked with employers (alongside user and carer organisations) in opposition to competitive tendering, to change the mode of commissioning and to extend the Living Wage to social care. The branch has achieved the important goal of being recognised by the Council as a spokesperson for almost twenty thousand employees in the local not-for-profit sector.
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