I’ve read with interest the recent reports about trade union officials being paid by the public to do trade union work instead of their real job.
This isn’t my view of what happens.
Trade unions representatives are elected by their members, those who pay the subscriptions. All elected reps are entitled, in law, to facilities time.
Many employers recognise the value of the work that workplace reps do. This work is for the member, an ordinary person, a person who might be suffering from bullying in the workplace, or discrimination, or harassment or might be facing unfair dismissal.
These ordinary members, human beings with families, a mortgage and the same challenges as you and I, all pay into their trade union so they can get help with these workplace problems.
This is the “trade union work” that workplace reps do, and it saves employers millions of pounds each year.
Early intervention helps improve workplace relations and supports better communication for managing change, change that happens at a rate of knots in today’s ever changing world.
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