20th September 2017


Special General Meeting

Ayr Town Hall


UNISON WALKOUT from South Ayrshire Council Joint Consultative Committee

Employee & Customer Service Dispute.


All members are invited to attend a special general meeting to discuss how UNISON South Ayrshire should respond to South Ayrshires continual lack of consultataion over their terms & conditions of service and the impact of service reviews.

This meeting is your chance to give your views.



11th November 2014

UNISON South Ayrshire Remembers.





John Kerr, Mary Platt & Anne O'Hare on behalf of UNISON South Ayrshire, lay a commemerative Poppy Wreath in memory of the employees of Ayr County Council,Kyle & Carrick,Strathclyde, and South Ayrshire who gave their lives so we could live in a free and fair society, long may we remember them.


19th February 2014


Is it really 40yrs ?




Mike Kirby UNISON Scottish Secretary attended our Branch AGM on the 19th February 2014 to present Renee Gillan South Ayrshire Branch Secretary with a celebration Cake & gift to honour her 40 years of service to the Trade Union Movement. Renee also recieved a framed letter of thanks and appreciation from Dave Prentis UNISON National Genaral Secretary.also pictured John Kerr Branch Education Officer.


Renee Gillan, secretary of the UNISON South Ayrshire branch has celebrated 40 years of trade union activism. Renee started work as junior assistant librarian in 1973 on the princely salary of £597 a year -thank goodness for trade unions fighting for pay awards! Renee then became a steward in 1974, went on to be branch secretary in the NALGO and UNISON Kyle and Carrick branch and was a founder member of the Ayrshire Anti-Apartheid Movement in 1983.UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis wrote to Renee to mark the occasion: "UNISON could not survive without people like you and it is exceptional in these times to have one activist who has consistently and unselfishly committed herself to 40 years observing your fellow workers. "Renee is a senior library assistant in Children's Services. Renee is heavily involved in Book Bug outreach which is a Scottish Book Trust under-fives programme. With her ready smile and real commitment, Renee has won friends throughout the union movement.


19th February 2014

Gail’s a Winner!



Girvan Primary school assistant Gail Hunter receives her I-Pad from Campbell Peden, Gail was the lucky winner of UNISON South Ayrshires members prize draw. Members were contacted and asked to confirm their contact details, all replies were entered into a prize draw with the lucky winner picking up an I-Pad.


February 2013


UNISON South Ayrshire AGM 

Lucky AGM prize draw winner Sandra McInroy,receives her prize of an  I-Pad from Branch Secretary Renee Gillan




Hot Topics of discussion for members were changes to the Draft Managing Workplace Change Policy ,

in particular the removal of the 3 year salary preservation &  the criteria for Selection Assessment Form.


Local Government Pension Scheme changes were also discussed; further details can be found via the following link



Lookout for workplace meetings in the coming weeks, to discuss the proposed changes to Managing Workplace Change in the meantime.


Members are asked to consider the following:

  • Do you agree with the Branch Committee view that these changes are unacceptable?
  • Which of the proposed changes do you think would have the greatest impact on our members?
  • Are you prepared to take action in order to prevent these changes taking place?
  • What type of action would you be willing to take?
  • This could take a number of forms up to and including strike action – any planned action would need to be approved by UNISON.
  • Should there be a consultative ballot on action to gauge the response of all members on the proposed changes?
  • Do you want this ballot to take place now or after further negotiations take place?


Copies of the  proposed changes are available from your workplace steward, or by contacting the branch direct.

You can also respond via the Contact Us button at the top of the page.


23rd January 2013


UNISON welcomes South Ayrshire equal pay settlement

Local government union UNISON is today (23rd January 2013) celebrating a historic equal pay settlement for hundreds of council staff in South Ayrshire. The deal finalised this week will be worth thousands of pounds for some of the lowest paid staff, mainly women, in manual, admin, clerical and support jobs.

Renee Gillan, UNISON South Ayrshire Branch Secretary, said:
“We are absolutely delighted with this fantastic news for hundreds of workers who have faced pay discrimination for many years and who will now receive substantial compensation. This win will make a massive difference to everyone who has been involved in this campaign.”

The South Ayrshire deal settles more than 500 claims which were lodged in 2006. These had been subject to legal challenge by the Council on a technicality which ultimately failed at the Court of Session. A planned appeal by the Council to the Supreme Court is being put on hold as part of the settlement deal.

Joe Lynch, Regional Organiser, said:
“UNISON is proud to stand up for the principle of ‘equal pay for work of equal value’. We have had to fight this through the courts - which has taken a long time - but today’s settlement means we have won on that principle.

“This victory shows once again that workers are stronger together in UNISON.”


UNISON Scotland comment on local government pay offer

UNISON Scotland is set to consult members on a pay offer for local government workers.

Dougie Black, Joint Trade Union Side Secretary, said that today’s offer from COSLA will be discussed initially at a conference in Glasgow next Friday (30 Nov).

He said: “The offer was made to us at a meeting of the joint secretaries which was not a negotiating meeting.


“The employers are offering a 1% pay increase from April 1 2013, a one year settlement. That is no real surprise given government pay policy.


“They have also made an offer to apply what they call a Scottish Local Government Living Wage of £7.50 per hour from April 1 2013.


“We welcome the fact they have made an offer on the Living Wage as this has been part of our claim for the last couple of years. We would need to discuss with the employers their proposals for implementation and the details of how it would apply.”


Stephanie Herd, Chair of the union’s Local Government Committee, said: “We have a local government conference on Friday next week. We will ask delegates how they want to consult members over the next few weeks. We would then expect to take the results of that consultation back to the employers in the New Year.”






27th June 2012

Ayr Academy Cleaners Stand Up For Fair Pay


February 2012


Smiling Branch Officials 

UNISON - Protect our Pensions

Pay more – Work longer – Get less

We face a number of attacks on Scottish pension schemes including:

  • Change to the way pension increases are calculated – RPI to CPI that will cut average pensions by at least 15%.
  • Retirement age increases that don’t reflect the demands on many public service workers. 
    Abolishing pension protection for workers who are forced to transfer to another employer outside the public sector.
  • A complete overhaul of the state pension that will impact on public service schemes.
  • Changes to fund governance and cost sharing provisions with employers.

Important though these issues are the key issue is the proposed 3.2% increase to some members contributions. That’s a 50% increase. This is simply a tax to pay back government debts that were raised to bail out the banks. None of the money will go into the schemes and it threatens the whole system – if members opt-out. Overall the pension changes mean: Pay more-Work longer-Get less.

UNISON will be launching a vigorous campaign in defence our pension scheme it is important we keep our members updated on the progress and forthcoming events if you want to get involved or need further information contact the branch via our contacts page or follow the link below.