Interesting Times ...
If times get even more interesting
I know the value of having a Union to back me.
So ... I'm going to join Unison now
to help Unison support me should I need them.
This is the web site for Unison members - and people thinking of becoming members - at Bath Spa University. Use the links on the left to find out more about Unison activities at BSU.
A particular welcome if you've recently joined. Not a member? Join now and help Unison's effective campaign to help serve everyone's interests.
Our 2013 AGM? Thanks everyone, it was well quorate!
In November 2011 Unison regretfully had to stage a day of action in support of our pensions - and it was widely supported by you, with the result that Unison made progress with the issue. In recent years, people have come to think of unions as a service - you may think
'What can a union do for me?'.
The reverse of this coin is that unions can only act on your behalf when, as a group, we support each other even to the extent of supporting industrial action if it's necessary.
If you're thinking of joining and need more practical info, you can check the costs of belonging to Unison on a downloadable application form (PDF). When you do that, remember the benefits (external link) that unions can bring to your workplace and to you.
These aren't the best of times for many people. If you need work-related help, be aware that apart from unions there are other organisations that can provide advice to individuals - for example ACAS provides advice on employment matters to individuals and organisations. Direct.Gov has a large and coherent section on employment issues.
You might find it interesting to read up on a bit of theory from the world of personnel. This particular bit concerns the 'Psychological contract'. In brief, while any individual has a formal contract with an employer there is also a second unwritten contract - the psychological contract - which is just as important to the effectiveness of an organisation and the wellbeing of its people. In the best employers' organisations, maintaining the health of the 'Psychological contract' may be second nature to them. Here's more on the psychological contract from the CIPD.
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