• UNISON Falkirk Branch

Falkirk Community Trust - 35/37 Hour Protection - Ballot

Impacted members should have now received info / ballot papers in the post. For the avoidance of doubt this ballot is intended ONLY for members who are impacted by the 35/37 hours provision; should you have any colleagues who are impacted but have not received a ballot paper please advise them to contact the UNISON Scotland membership team. The ballot relates to employees within Falkirk Community Trust who were formerly employed on APT&C conditions. As you will be aware in 2006 at the time of the imposition of Single Status, Falkirk Council amended contracts of employment in that staff working 35 hours so they were paid for 37 hours work – being the standard council full time hours.

Falkirk Community Trust’s terms and conditions of employment mirror those of Falkirk Council. The Council signed a collective agreement with Trade Unions in October 2018 to remove the 35/37 hours protection with effect from 1st October 2020. The trust also now wishes to implement the same agreement to remove this protection from Trust employees.

The following conciliation was reached between the unions and the Council and is also being proposed by the Trust:

· The current 35/37 hours protection will remain in place until 30 September 2020

· As of the signing of any agreement any employee commencing flexible retirement will lose protection from the date of their new flexible retirement contract

· As of the signing of any agreement any employee slotted or matched to a redesigned role as part of a restructure will lose protection from the commencement of the new role

Given that UNISON members employed by the Council agreed to accept this change, UNISON is asking that your ballot paper to us within the ballot period of 20 March until noon on 05 April 2019. UNISON is recommending that you ACCEPT this offer.

Should you have any questions regarding the ballot please contact your our membership team (

If you would like a UNISON representative to come out and discuss the matter with you please get in touch with the UNISON Falkirk Branch.