Barclaycard, Northampton - 20 June
I attended site on this day accompanied by most of the Reps. It was a massive success and we spoke to over 100 members and non-members alike. We ran a free member raffle where Branch-sponsored gift vouchers were given as the prize. Many prospective members took information on the day as well as existing members speaking to us about their membership benefits. Well done to all involved!
Derby Homes Staff Briefings - 8 June
This was a fantastic opportunity in that not only did we have a Unite stand, but during each of the three presentations, we had a 15 minute slot to talk about Unite membership. There were non-members, existing Unite members and members that had previously been part of UCATT. The main points were Driver Care and our Enhanced membership categories, which people were very interested in. Driver Care being the membership add on for those who drive as part of their day to day job (not just PCV or HGV Drivers), and Enhanced containing many financial benefits. Upgrading to Enhanced membership is easy - you can get more information by contacting your local office or Region on 01332 548400.
After each presentation I spoke to lots of people about various issues and overall it was a productive day. Unite was prominent throughout the entire day along with Derby Mind, who also had a stand.
Sainsburys, Lincoln - 7 June
Myself and the Reps at this Sainsburys store had a stall in the canteen on this day and were able to chat to many members about their benefits. The Unite Prepaid Visa card went down well in particular, as 3% cashback can be earned by Shopping at Sainsburys! This is just one of the places you can earn cashback. For more information on how to get one of these, check out the details here.
Western Power, Leicester - 22 May
As part of the organising strategy around the energy sector, I attended site along with our Rep. This was extremely useful - most members we spoke to had no idea of the extent of their membership benefits so we were able to help nearly everybody! A very productive day and I even got to showcase a new recruitment banner. If you wanted to order anything like this or other merchandise through your Branch then click here for details.
GIST, Spalding - 5 April
Amongst other recent company visits, GIST was a useful recruitment day to raise awareness of Unite the Union on site. We updated the company noticeboard as well as speak to drivers from other depots. Hopefully we will be able to arrange another event to speak to more employees.
EON, Trinity House Nottingham - 28 March
Myself, the Organising team and the Reps at Trinity attended a recruitment event. There was alot of interest and many potential members took membership packs with a view to joining. It was a successful day, especially in terms of the amount of agency staff at this site. Unite is the only union on site with recognition within Manpower, so this is a good point to note. Well done to all involved!
NHS in Nottinghamshire - March
NHS Recruitment Days continue, so far we have been to various hospitals with a view to growing the membership.
Joint Geographical Branch Event, Derby - 23 March 2017
I decided to organise this event in order to raise awareness within the Branches where members do not have on site Reps or are individual members. This was a joint event between the DE56 and DE58 Branches. We had a great response and and it was good night overall. Our members are also interested in getting more involved with their Branch now and had a chance to chat with their Branch Secretaries.
One of our newest affiliates, Unite the Union Discounts, presented a raffle prize, as well as there being presentations from Unite Legal Services and myself. I hope to arrange more of the same throughout the Region.
Trent Barton, Sutton in Ashfield - Credit Union Recruitment - 23 March
Myself and Transave attended this site for the start of a number of scheduled events in order to sign members up to Transave Credit Union. This is Trent Barton's payroll saving partner and also part of Unite's panel. We generated a lot of interest and it was an ideal opportunity to educate members on their current Unite membership benefits.
NHS Inductions, Nottinghamshire - February
So far Unite have attended several inductions around Nottinghamshire. Further dates are planned throughout 2017 in order that we can recruit new starters into the union. The main benefit aside from a collective voice and help at work is our Contingent Medical Malpractice cover which covers up to £5,000,000. Click here for more information.
Nestle - 17 January
I attended site along with one of our Nestle Reps to run a stall in their canteen. We spoke to many current members about benefits they weren't aware of including a number of prospective members who did not know the extent of their Unite membership. There was also a group of non members who were not aware of our Low Pay Membership category, which can be a useful recruitment tool for those earning less than £16,000 per year. For more information on this please click here.