When politicians usually step inside a factory or other workplace in their constituency is usually on the back of an economic announcement – often good, unfortunately sometimes bad – or for the standard ‘meet and greet’ with officials and workers. But over the last few months members of the Welsh Assembly have been touring workplaces for a very different reason as part of the Unite Wales ‘Walk a day in our shoes’ campaign.
The work shadowing scheme matched up Assembly Members who are members of Unite with Unite members in workplaces in their constituency across Wales. The ‘peer to peer’, Unite member to Unite member, approach meant whilst the world of work of those participating seems miles apart, their Unite membership is what links them together.
Steph Wilkins, Unite rep at Public Health Wales
Julie Morgan AM who shadowed Steph at Public Health Wales
Through the scheme the Assembly Members get a much better idea of what Unite members and reps do within industry and the public sector and workers have a chance to engage directly with their representatives.
Carl Sargeant AM who went to Airbus in Broughton
And what the Unite members he spent time with made of the experience.
So how did the ‘Walk a day in our shoes’ campaign go? You can see for yourself in our short film.
Check out the photos so far on our Unite Wales Flickr account!
Thank you to the Assembly Members who took part: Jenny Rathbone AM, Lynne Neagle AM, David Rees AM, Mike Hedges AM, Julie Morgan AM, Ken Skates AM, Carl Sargeant AM, Carwyn Jones AM, Rebecca Evans AM, Mark Drakeford AM, Sandy Mewies AM, Leighton Andrews AM, Jeff Cuthbert AM, Vaughan Gething AM, Janice Gregory AM, Joyce Watson AM, Edwina Hart AM.
And, of course a big thank you to the workplaces that participated: Kronospan, Airbus, Smurfit Kappa, Public Health Wales, Cardiff Bus, First Cymru, Sony, Ford, GE Aviation, Brains, TATA, E-Cycle Ltd, Gestamp Tallent, Murco, Cardiff University, Arvin Meritor, Public Health Wales, 3M.