See below a collection of pictures from events that have happened around the Region recently:
Greencore, Spalding - 21 September 2016
Myself, along with the Regional Officer Steve Syson, Unite Reps and John Duffy from Lighthouse, attended this site for a day and set up in the canteen. There was a lot of interest - we spoke to around 60 people, a mixture of members and non-members. Several members also booked appointments for financial advice.
This was a good opportunity for members to see what their membership gives them and also to put faces to names. Lighthouse is mentioned in several leaflets but it always goes down well when our affiliates can attend recruitment events like this. Hopefully we can organise another one there soon. As you can see below, we also had the chance to update the noticeboard!
August Newsletter Competition Winner
This month's competition was sponsored by Unite Protect and the prize was a 'wellbeing' hamper containing lots of relaxing treats.
The question was 'what amount is the accidental death cover for?' - the answer was £5000 of course. This is a free insurance and is available to all members between the age of 18-69. For more information click here. You can also access their other products such as Female Cancer Cover, featured below.
The winner was Amanda Lofley, one of our Reps from Rolls Royce (pictured). Well done Amanda! Keep your eye out for future competitions either at events or future newsletters.
IPSL, Northampton - 9 September 2016
Myself and the Regional Officer, Trevor Sterrett, assisted the Reps with a Recruitment event. We had a great location in the main foyer of the building and not only did we get the chance to talk to new members, it was the perfect opportunity to showcase Unite's newest panel credit union - Commsave.
As IPSL as a company is part of Commsave's 'common bond' it means that members can open a savings account or take out a loan with them. Credit Unions are an alternative to (and often cheaper than) a bank or payday lender so it may be something you wish to consider. They are based on where you work or where you live so to enquire which one is for you, please click here.
TNT, Northampton - 3 August 2016
Myself and the Officer, Sean Kettle, visited the site and set up in the break out area and were assisted by one of our Reps. A notice had been displayed advertising the event and we managed to talk to several members and non members about their benefits, including retention when someone is a member but moves to a different employer.
All in all this was beneficial for the site and showed that Unite does have a presence in that workplace. Thank you to everyone that helped to organise it.
EON - Phoenix Park, Nottingham - 26 July 2016
As you can see from the pictures below, the Reps had put on a great stand in their canteen. The room was buzzing and the employees had the chance to meet their Reps and simply see the presence Unite has in that workplace.
Keuhne & Nagel - Nespresso, Wellingborough
Myself, the Officer and Reps attended this site on 5 July to cover several shift changes. It was a good opportunity to speak to members and non-members about their membership benefits. Members also got to have a proper chat to their Reps which they had not had chance to do previously.
EON - Trinity House, Nottingham - 27 June 2016
The Reps at Trinity invited me to assist them in a Recruitment Event. We spoke to many non-members who joined Unite there and then! It was a great opportunity for members and prospective members alike to find out more about the assistance we offer, especially in terms of the non work-related benefits.
The Reps did a fantastic job and the display looked very impressive - you couldn't miss the Unite logo.
White Company - 25 May 2016
Myself and the Reps had a stall in the canteen where many staff, including those who were not directly employed by the White Company,made enquiries as to their Union Membership benefits. It was a good opportunity for members to meet their Reps outside of the shopfloor and raise any ongoing issues too. It was a productive day!
First Bus - Learning Week - w/c 16 May 2016
The Reps at First Bus Leicester organised a week with various highlights, including IT Skills Assessments with the Union Learning Team, Diabetes Awareness and myself on behalf of Unite. There was also a stall from Unite Insurance.
I attended on the Thursday and spoke to a lot of members who did not realise the extent of their benefits. There were new Drivers as well as some existing members who required more information on Unite Driver Care.
It was a fun day, the Reps were busy talking to members and the canteen was buzzing all the time which was nice to see.
Sapa Profiles - 12 May 2016
I attended the Tibshelf site on 12 May 2016 for a brief benefits event which was very positive. It was a great opportunity to demonstrate to our members what their benefits were. We also updated some of the noticeboards on site as well as provide our Reps with plenty of material to keep them going!
XPO Logistics Recruitment Day - 31 March 2016
Myself and Regional Officer Sean Kettle attended XPO in Crick for the day to try and recruit more members as well as tell all Drivers about the imminent launch of the updated Driver Care scheme! It was a good day and we will be attending for the afternoon / evening shifts soon.
If you are interested in finding out more about Unite's Driver Care Scheme if you are a professional driver (HGV/PCV/LGV) or drive regularly for your job (not your commute), then please visit the website www.unitedrivercare.org.uk for more information.
2016... so far
From a recruitment day at The White Company, Jobs Fair for Leaderflush Shapland members, to the Derbyshire NHS Trust, this year's L&A Events are going strong! We are getting the word out about membership benefits, whether it be for recruitment, retention or simply raising awareness of what they are and how members can get the most out of their membership. Remember if you require assistance in your workplace please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bakkavor Holbeach Recruitment Days 24 & 25 November 2015
Myself and Senior Rep Neil Johnson along with other Reps held two Recruitment Days recently which were successful. Not only were we encouraging members to recruit their colleagues and promoting the Member Gets Member scheme but we were all on hand to advise on the other benefits Unite offers and answer any other queries members and non-members had.
The feedback from both days was positive and we hope to hold a Health & Safety Day early in 2016!
Barclaycard Recruitment Day - 17 November 2015
Myself along with Regional Officer Sally Mortimer, attended a Recruitment Day at Barclaycard in Northampton on 17 November. Organised by our brilliant Reps, UIB, Vision Express and Lighthouse Financial Services also supported which was a great success.
A free raffle was on offer to all members where they could win £100 Love2Shop gift vouchers. New members were recruited as well as existing members gaining additional knowledge on what their membership covers! It was very useful for all involved.
If you would like to arrange a recruitment day like this at your workplace, please send me an email and hopefully something can be arranged.
Regional Committee Development Day - 27 October 2015
Part of my role as RLAC is presenting to our Reps the membership benefits and demonstrating what members get for their monthly membership subscriptions. I attend Reps' Training Courses regularly to get the message out.
We organised a Development Day on 27 October for our brand new Regional Committee where some of our affiliates attended to give a more in-depth look at some of the benefits Unite offers.
From the feedback on the day and on the forms submitted so far, everyone seemed to find this useful and hopefully will now be in a better position to signpost members to their benefits.
CIPP Event - 8 October 2015
Some of the RLACs from around the UK attended this event in Newport on 8 October in order to gain some more knowledge on Credit Unions and how they operate in the workplace.
This was a brilliant day and very informative, giving us the tools and background information to be able to talk to employers and persuade them to implement payroll saving. It is also extremely important that employees have a facility whereby they can borrow money more responsibly without going to nasty pay day lenders which can severely damage your credit rating.
All Unite members have access to the Credit Union facility already but not many employers actually do it via payroll. If you think this would be something that your workplace could benefit from, please let me know.
RIS Conferences - September 2015
RIS Conferences begun in the Region on 7 September 2015 and continued throughout the month, taking place at the Regional Office in Derby.
Legal Packs were prepared for some 500 expected Activists containing useful information on our Legal & Affiliated Services. Nikki MacDonald and Kevin Hepworth attended each Conference to give an overview of the Union's working / non-working membership benefits and along with a personal thank you from our Regional Secretary Annmarie Kilcline, this was a useful exercise. Activists were also given a tour of Unite's new Legal Services Website which contains numerous resources for Reps to use during their Union Activities.
Some of our Affiliates visited at various times, topping up materials and making themselves available to speak to Reps which again, was very useful.
Leicester Pride - 5 September 2015
Nikki MacDonald, RLAC and Maureen Scott-Douglas, Equalities Officer attended Leicester Pride on 5 September 2015 to represent both LGBT members and the Legal & Affiliated Services Unite offers.
Assisted by Adam Umney, Regional Committee and Melinda Phillips, Regional Officer, it was a successful day, the weather was pleasant and we made sure the word was spread far and wide!