Unite the union has today (12 February) confirmed that it will open a week long industrial action ballot involving its membership at the Dundee Independent Advocacy Support (DIAS).

The ballot will open on 13 February and close on 20 February. If members vote in favour of industrial action then strike action and an overtime ban is likely to take place from early March 2020. DIAS is an advocacy service, which provides support for vulnerable adults.

The organisation, which was set-up in 1998, is assisted through funding by Dundee city council and the NHS. The dispute centres on an enforced change to terms and conditions effecting Unite’s membership at the DIAS. This includes the removal of holidays which were previously given instead of an annual pay award.

Unite regional industrial officer George Ramsay said: “Unite is holding a ballot at the DIAS due to the organisation imposing changes to the terms and conditions of our members. The changes will result in the removal of holidays which were given instead of an annual pay increase. The newly appointed DIAS Board have decided to withdraw these holidays. To make matters worse, the organisation has refused to talk with Unite [or] listen and respond to our legitimate concerns. Our members are not willing to accept these changes being imposed upon them and are fully prepared to take on this heartless employer.”


  • Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.