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  To: UNISON Highland Branch PSA Members


Dear Member
 
As you are more than aware the Highland Council are seeking to reduce the ASN provision in schools, in order to make budget savings in the next 3 years. For PSA's, this year it will be £700,000 and for the following 2 years £1,050,000 each year. As of August 2019 there will be 63 fewer full time PSA posts than there are presently, throughout the Highland Council area. This is a drastic reduction that was proposed by the Care & Learning Service, and which was approved by ALL THE COUNCILLORS at their meeting of 14 February 2019.
 
For the record, UNISON does not agree with these cuts. These cuts are not first and foremost driven on an education basis, but are driven on a need to achieve a balanced budget for 2019. 
 
UNISON have sought to keep you up to date with what has been happening since then, and we are still awaiting the details of exactly how the cuts will be delivered and how they will be implemented. 
 
Many are now seeking to challenge the cuts themselves and there are action groups set up as well as pressure groups on the very Councillors who voted to approve the cuts. As your union it is our task to support you in the face of change, and these cuts are drastic! We aim to ensure that Highland Council does not run roughshod over your employment rights, and we will fight to protect you and your rights. 
 
UNISON is a member led union and seeks to represent its members within the workplace. In that vein, we need guidance from you, on what you want to do about the situation. There have been a number of suggestions and they are listed below for you to consider and comment on.
 
A protest afternoon - perhaps a Friday.
 
A demonstration - outside the Council HQ at the next full council meeting on 9 May 2019.
 
Industrial action, which could be -
 
·   Work to rule - you only do exactly as per your job description, with no additional work whatsoever.
·   Strike action - this would be industrial action and a day of strike to show complete opposition to these cuts.
 
What would you be prepared to do?
 
We can do a consultative ballot on any of these suggestions, but in order to do this, we first need your feedback!
 
Please get back to us, by e-mailing inverness.office@unison.co.uk and letting us know what it is you wish us to do on your behalf.
 
JOHN GIBSON
Branch Secretary
UNISON Highland Branch
Telephone - 01463 715891
E-mail - inverness.office@unison.co.uk

 

 

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