UNISON has been successfully training new stewards in January and February. Our seven newly accredited stewards will be providing their members with representation on workplace issues, supporting people through HR processes, and growing our union’s membership.
Over the five day course they learned about the role of trade unions at work and how they provide support to their members. Trade unions have strength in numbers, so it’s essential that we grow our membership to give us more of a say in workplace matters. They looked at how to organise around hot topics and the importance of standing up for equalities. In the final two days the new stewards carried out a mock disciplinary hearing, prepared their cases and defended their member’s rights.
The seven new stewards worked at a range of public sector employers including Aberdeen City Council (2), Aberdeenshire Council (2), University of Aberdeen (1), NHS Grampian (1) and Angus Council (1). This multi-employer environment meant they could share experiences and learn about how different places might approach an issue in a different way.
UNISON relies on volunteers from our membership to become stewards and provide this essential service to their colleagues. Stewards are accredited under the Employment Relations Act 1999 by UNISON and have access to an excellent national support network through the union, ensuring that our members get the very best support and advice.
If you’d like to become a steward, express your interest online and we’ll send you nomination papers, or come along to our AGM on 14 March 2018!