Welcome to the website of the Forestry Commission Trade Unions (FCTU). This website is designed to provide news and information to Forestry Commission staff who are members of either the PCS, Unite, Prospect or GMB trade unions (About Us). We are regularly adding new content—so if you have any comments on the site or suggestions for improvements then please do get in touch.
FCTU have now responded to the consultation on the Future of Forestry in Scotland. Our submission comments on the proposed introduction of new organisational arrangements in Scotland; the basis for cross-border collaboration; and legislation and regulation. FCTU endorse the aims of the government but wish to enter a meaningful disalogue on taking this forward with the right arrangements for forestry and protecting the interests of members.
We now seek a dialogue with Scottish Government on the next steps and a response to the recommendations contained in the submission, reporting back to members in due course.
FCTU have issued an update briefing to members following this year's pay talks.
The Scottish Government has now published its consultation on the future of forestry in Scotland. This follows both the Scottish Minister’s statement last year and SNP manifesto commitments, and forms part of the work to complete the devolution of forestry functions to Scottish Ministers.
The aim of this consultation is to gather views on the SG’s planned approach to new arrangements for the governance, development, support and regulation of forestry in Scotland. SG has stated that consultation responses will inform its policy on how this can best be achieved.FCTU wil be submitting a response to the consultation based on the collective views of unions members in the FC.
The first formal pay negotiations meeting was held on 23rd August following submission of the FCTU Pay Claim.
The FCTU Pay Claim for 2016 has now been submitted. Pay talks with the employer will commence on 23rd August.
FCTU have now responded to the proposals on decentralising the FC's Safety, Health & Environment and Learning & Development services, and establishing new arrangements in England, Scotland and Central Services. Our response, based on feedback from members, is extensive and requests a great deal of reconsideration from the countries. We now await a response from the FC.
The consultation on the proposals to decentralise Safety, Health & Enivronment and Learning & Development functions and establishing new arrangements in the countries is underway. The Temporary Corporate Services Staff Council were taken through the business cases for England, Scotland and Central Services, ahead of submitting a response to the consultation by 23rd May. Feedback on the business cases should be emailed to email@example.com by 16th May.
The 2015 FCTU AGM was held on the 17th and 18th of November in Silvan House. Recapping on the unions' work carried out over the past 12 months including an annual Departmental Committee report and discussing current issues including the future of the FC in England, Scotland, Forest Research and Silvan House; health and safety including mental wellbeing; pay, and the staff survey, a very valuable meeting was held.
FCTU have provided a collective response to the FR Refresh proposals, involving union members from Forest Research and Corporate & Forestry Support, submitted on behalf of the FCTU Temporary Central Services Committee. An executive summary was also provided.
Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) is seeking options to reduce its cost-base and to simplify the way that the whole of FES is organised. The programme is designed to deliver the necessary changes in FES, including devolution of work from Shared and Central Services, looking at more efficient operational activity, simplifying management structures within FES and deliver on other Scottish Government policies which are developing. There is no doubt that this will lead to a reduction in staff numbers. Read more...
At the end of 2014 the Forestry Commissioners endorsed the conclusions of the Phase 2 Stage 1 report of the WPEP Cross-Border Functions Project. One of the recommendations in the report was that alongside the next stage of the WPEP project, Central Services should begin a new project to examine the options and implications of moving to a refreshed model for Forest Research. Read more...
A small delegation from FCTU Scotland met the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Dr Aileen McLeod, yesterday in Holyrood to discuss four key concerns for union members in Forestry Commission Scotland and Forest Enterprise Scotland. Read more...
Consultation on the rationale establishing new Corporate Services and HR Services arrangments in FC England, Scotland and Forest Research, moving away from the Shared Service model, has concluded, with FCTU accepting the proposals in principle having received some re-assurances to issues raised. FCTU are participants in this ongoing change and leading from this we will be consulted on a variety of business cases that involve individual change proposals and subsequent impacts.
On 28th April 2015, the FC Trade Unions will mark Workers' Memorial Day. Every year, on this day, trade unions and workplace health and safety campaigners all over the world focus on the issue of workers' health and safety. This commemorates those who have tragically died at work and promotes safer working conditions for the living.
While recognised worldwide, this date is chosen because it is the anniversary of the Occupational Health and Safety Act in the USA and commemorates the day of a construction accident in Connecticut that claimed 28 lives.
In marking this day, ‘Safe Jobs Save Lives’ is therefore the message being conveyed and is included in a poster produced by FCTU.