UNISON, Unite, GMB are all looking for more trade union representatives.
Local representatives are important because they are the backbone of their union. Without representation at workplace level there would be no-one to act as the link between members, the employer and the union and no-one to organise, represent and negotiate on behalf of people in the workplace.
Anyone can be a representative. Trade union representatives are allowed to take reasonable (paid) time off to attend trade union duties. Your union will also provide you with all the necessary training so feel confident in your role. Below is a short list of things you can get involved in:
- recruiting members into the union and organising them around workplace issues;
- talking to members about workplace issues, advise them and keep them informed of the latest developments;
- representing members who have issues – grievances, disciplinary hearings, employment tribunals;
- supporting members through redundancy and dismissal arrangements;
- undertaking job evaluations;
- negotiations with the employer;
- attending branch, area or regional meetings of the union;
- attending meetings of official policy making bodies such as the executive committee or annual conference;
- attending meetings with full time officers to discuss issues relevant to the workplace.
If you want more information and are interested in becoming a local representative with your trade union, please get in touch: