Public service union UNISON has launched a new mobile unit offering a face-to-face advice service to workers.
The unit was launched last week and covers workers in Edinburgh and the Lothians – specifically employees working in care homes, GP practices or out in the community.
The mobile unit, which features an office and full internet access, is expected to help thousands of workers in the area who are without a recognised union presence at their workplace.
UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis launched the initiative on Friday, saying:
This mobile advice unit is good news for workers, whether they’re in a union or thinking of joining one. It means someone will be available to advise them whenever they need it.
Workers in the community can often feel left out and isolated so we’re hoping to reconnect with them and ensure they receive the help they need in these challenging times.
Chair of UNISON Scotland’s health committee Thomas Waterson said:
Too many workers in the community are currently missing out on union advice, partly because of the hours they work and the nature of their jobs. We’re addressing this issue by bringing advice straight to them.
Having a visible presence means workers will feel supported and reassured that their best interests are being looked after by their union.