Unite the Union
Michael Brookes tells us all about Unite the Union and the possibilities it offers technicians.
Unite was formed in 2007 with the merger of Amicus the Union and the Transport and General Workers Union. Nationally, it has 1.42 million members making it the largest union in the UK and Ireland. The role of Unite, with the other two recognised unions at the university (Unison and UCU), is to negotiate, and consult with management on behalf of all staff but individually it represents its members.
Traditionally Amicus was the union in the university that represented technicians, though, now Unite will represent any member of staff. Most officers and reps are, or have been, technicians in the University of Leeds. The University of Leeds Unite Branch is very active both locally and nationally supporting individual members and national initiatives allowing for a greater understanding of technicians issues.
The University of Leeds branch of Unite holds meetings on a monthly basis to allow members to find out and discuss general university issues with officers and representatives. Anyone with a personal issue can contact a rep separately, wholl involve one of the officers, if necessary. These monthly meetings allow the Unions branch officers to communicate issues affecting its members during regular meetings with management. At the heart of the Unite the Unions branch at the University is a need to ensure that its members voices, most of whom are technicians, are heard within the university.Posted in: Technicians' network