The city’s branch of public service union UNISON has won a regional award for its success in recruiting, training and organising members.
Contrary to claims that people have stopped joining unions, membership of Plymouth in UNISON has grown for a number of years. Despite falling numbers of public service staff in the city, the branch is recruiting more people in the council, NHS and other local services.
The branch manages a heavy caseload of workplace issues for its thousands of members.
UNISON activists have also found time to set up a mentoring scheme, establish a women’s group, and recruit student nurses.
Activists successfully lobbied the council to pass a motion calling for the end of the public sector pay cap.
The branch also won a commitment to UNISON’s ethical care charter. The charter would guarantee fair pay for care workers and decent conditions for service users.
Representatives of the branch received the award at UNISON’s annual Get Active event in Taunton on Friday 26 January 2018.
Plymouth in UNISON branch secretary Kev Treweeks said:
“People in Plymouth are under a lot of pressure at the moment, from the town hall to the hospital, and the school to the care home.
“Plymouth in UNISON is there for all public service worker making sure they get justice whoever they work for.
“It’s always nice to be recognised for all your hard work. There are a lot of people that make this branch work and it’s great we are all recognised together”