UNISON Branch Executive Meeting

Minutes of Meeting 14th June 2016

Practical Room, Education Unit, Western Isles Hospital, 6.00 pm

Jane Montgomery    Secretary            Alistair Morrison    Treasurer

Mairi Murray        Chair                Gillian Macdonald    Steward - ULR

Kath Mace        Welfare Officer        Janet Marshall        Communications

Mustapha Hocine    Education Officer        


1.    Apologies

Apologies have been received from Stephan Smit, Richard Galloway, Moira Sykes and Chris Ann Munro

2.    Approval of Minutes

May minute was approved with one minor amendment.

3.    Matters Arising


    There were no matters arising which were not included on the agenda

4.    Treasurer's Report


        Issue:        Report

                Discussion:    Alistair Morrison submitted a report stating that at the 31st May 2016 the accounts were:

                Current Account        £15,896.03

                Industrial Action Fund    £378.69

                Chairperson Altocard        £498.69

                Secretary Altocard        £56.06

                Treasurer Altocard        £295.75

                Petty Cash             £13.50

                Total                £17,138.86


There are three cheques not yet cashed to the value of £532.08, one from 2015 and two from 2016.

        Issue:        Football Tabbards

Discussion:    These have now been ordered and paid for.

Issue:    Treasurer Netbook

Discussion:    Alistair advised that he needs a new netbook to do the accounts as he is having problems with the current one.  The committee agree that he should source and purchase this asap.

Action:    Alistair will source this.


        Issue:        Flights

Discussion:    Due to issues with costs for changing flights it was reiterated that when booking we should always go with the ‘All In’ fare to ensure no additional costs.

5.    Secretary's Report

        Issue:        Report

Discussion:    There was no new start/leaver information received this month, but Jane will request this and update the committee at the next meeting.

Action:    Jane to contact Inverness Office for newstarts/leavers info.



6.    Welfare Officer's Report

        Issue:        Football Bibs

Discussion:    Janet Tierney has spoken to Don Murray from Occupational Health who is waiting for an invoice for his football bibs.

Action:    Follow up with Don

Issue:    Appeal

Discussion    Kath gave a quick update on the case she discussed last month, she advised that this was now concluded with a good outcome for the member. 

7.    Health & Safety

        Issue:        Health & Safety Report

Discussion:    The Health and Safety group is due to meet on the 1st July. There will hopefully be a walk             round with Ross Munro.

Janet commented on issues in Medical Records, where the steps they are using are unsuitable

8.    Education Officer’s Report

    Issue:        Steward Training

    Discussion:    We have a couple of stewards requiring training so will have to contact Inverness to see if there are any plans for someone to come over to carry out New Steward training.

9.    Health & Social Care Integration

    Issue:        Report

Discussion:    The first HRF for Integration has now met and Mairi Murray was in attendance, all the work has still to be carried out. 

The Locality Planning groups for Uist & Barra and Barra have now also been set up. 

The next meeting of the Integrated Joint Board will be meeting on the 20th June.

10.    Trade Union Bill

    Issue:        Update

            Discussion:    No further update

11.    Budget Setting

    Issue:        Budget Setting due

         Discussion:    Alistair advised that budget setting will have to be carried out soon

Action:    This will be the only agenda item on next months meeting

12.    AOCB    :    

    Issue:        PAIAW

Discussion:    Mairi gave an update on the current situation with PAIAW. She advised that a joint staff side grievance was raised on the 17th March, which has not been progressed so far. Some staff are due 8 years worth of back pay.  An extraordinary board meeting was held to discuss this in May, which Mairi removed herself from, but to date there has been no meaningful feedback to staff side.

Meeting closed at 7.00pm

Date of Next Meeting

Date:    Tuesday 12th Juli 2016

Time        6:00pm

Venue:    Education Unit, Western Isles Hospital