As a former University of Birmingham student, I’d always appreciated, supported, and admired the work that the UNISON committee have been doing over the years on the campus. As such, seconds after I signed my contract I became a UNISON member, and within a few weeks I attended the first branch meeting. Since then, I have developed enormously, and worked with fantastic people who are all interested in making the campus a better place for everyone.
Being a member of a trade union is a must for every single worker on campus, and I emphasise that this includes casualised staff who work through agencies such as Pertemps, and university departments such as Worklink.
I encourage all members to become active in the branch. Think about how much time you would be able to commit to supporting members, the interests you have, the experience you can bring (you know your workplace much better than anyone else), what you feel most strongly about and want to see ‘fixed’, and the collective benefit that results from volunteering to improve conditions of work and living of fellow colleagues.