Help us to build your union – a message from Dave Prentis, General Secretary, UNISON
I know that young people are being hit very hard by the austerity agenda being pursued by the coalition government. It is a disgrace that nearly a million young people are without work, or hope of work. It is also a disgrace that far too many young working people live under the threat of redundancy caused by budget cuts, outsourcing, and/or privatisation, or are forced to try and survive on low pay.
UNISON has a proud tradition of organising young workers to defend themselves and their services, and never misses an opportunity to make the case to those in power of the need for proper jobs, pay, and conditions.
But all that depends on our ability to grow as a union. And that means recruiting new young members to join with us in winning in the workplace and in the wider world.
That’s why I am writing to ask you to help us by doing three things to help build UNISON and make it an even stronger union.
1. Take part in our young workers survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G85WD7G
Our online survey will help us find out about the issues that concern you most at work and help shape our bargaining and campaigning agendas when we speak to employers or Government about what needs to be done to support and develop young workers. The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete, can be done anonymously, and is open to anyone in work under the age of 27. Please complete the survey no later than Monday 17 March.
2. Keep in touch through young members social media
There are many ways you can stay up-to-date with young members activity, and social media is one of the fastest growing ways of doing that. Keep in touch through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/youngunison or follow us on Twitter at @youngunison
3. Recruit a friend to UNISON
And this is the most important ‘ask’ of all. We know from our own experience that ‘like recruits like’, so the best person to get a young worker to join UNISON is a young union member. Speak to your work colleagues, friends and family about why you joined UNISON, and why they should too. It’s never been easier to join. They can join online at joinunison.org and don’t forget to tell them all the benefits (hyperlink on word benefits to http://www.unison.org.uk/for-members/member-offers-and-entitlements/) of being in UNISON.
Three little things, but they can make a real difference.
These are tough times, but together we can win through and build an alternative to casting young people onto the scrapheap, treating them as second-class citizens. I stand for an alternative where young people are valued and seen as the key to our future as a fairer and more prosperous society. And UNISON will continue to fight your corner, and for that alternative.