When the opportunity came for me to return to my home town of Wakefield I couldn’t resist. My colleagues in UCATT had raved about the work that Wakefield District Housing (WDH) had done to deliver low carbon housing developments, train their workforce and deliver for their communities in the process. ‘Seeing is believing’ as the…
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What does your union mean to you?
Bernice Daly, Deeside
Helped to develop me, helped protect me and the job I do, the union has put money in my pocket. I am active because members are the union.
Me and my colleagues are 'my union' and together we are taking responsibility for our T&Cs by organising ourselves into that collective.
Shane Enright, London
My union has given me a voice at work & in my community, standing up 4 human rights, defending the vulnerable, insisting on decent jobs.
Sarah Veale, London
I've been with my union longer than I've been with my partner - and we've got two grown up children! My union is my partner at work.
Andrew Thomas, Bolton
My union means that I have better pay and conditions for myself and my colleagues, now and in the future. It means that I am supported too.
My union is my colleagues, officers, reps and me - it's as strong as we all make it.
Steve Tunstall, Stoke on Trent
Its so good to have a voice in the workplace, to feel that you are not on your own, that there is an organisation to support you!!!
My union means there is an alternative to policies that make people poorer and divide people.
Mairin Power, London
Not being on my own; having someone to negotiate on my behalf; standing up for my rights; showing global solidarity. Together we're stronger
Being in a union means I am not alone and at the mercy of my employer. My union is always there on my side.
Stuart , Clydebank
It empowered me to challenge my 0 hour contract at tribunal. I now have stable employment on a contract and a better working enviroment.
Lynn Hancock, Liverpool
I'm immensely proud of my union. Recent campaigns have secured terms and conditions that were under great threat. Together we're stronger.
Bill Lawrence, Tyneside
I'd have got no where arguing against hazards on my own. With my union - here in the UK, in Europe and further afield we succeed.
Owen Tudor, Welwyn Garden City
My union means I have a voice at work and in the wider community - and that I can be part of an international movement for global justice
Ray Jones, Martinez
Being in a union has given me a voice in my workplace that cannot be ignored. We make our company better by pushing back against mediocrity
I am my union, it's not just an officer somewhere. I help shape my workplace, the wages, conditions & activities
Scarlet Harris, London
My union means I know I'm not alone at work. If I have a problem with my pay or my rights as a parent at work, I know my union will help me.
Jay McKenna, Liverpool
My union means someone is standing with me on the side of the majority of people, campaigning for fairness and justice.
Kit Leary, Bristol
My union means a hand up in the world of work, of someone beside me when times are tough, and gave me skills and confidence to get on.
My union has made sure I have had a pay rise every year, by standing together we have stayed strong and made progress.