Young Members

Welcome to the Ceredigion Branch’s Young Members page.

A Young Member is any UNISON member under the age of 27.

Sadly this branch has no Young Member’s Officer at the moment – could you do this?

Please contact the branch secretary for further information.


Link to national YM website: http://www.unison.org.uk/young/index.asp


 

Link to Pensions Strike Information – click here.


Young Members Weekend 2012

The Regional Young members Weekend is a great chance to meet, work, and socialise with other young members across wales.
You will get the chance to find out about Unison and learn some key skills that can help you personally and professsionally.
If you are under 27 years of age on 13’th May 2012, contact us about attending.
Weekend costs including meals, accommodation, travel, childcare and other appropriate and properly incurred expenses, will be reimbursed by Unison.
Please click here for the poster with details of how to register.


Young Members Weekend 2011

Please note that the Young Members Weekend scheduled to take place on the 11th – 13th November in Cardiff has been CANCELLED

The Regional Young members Weekend is a great chance to meet, work, and socialise with other young members across wales.
You will get the chance to find out about Unison and learn some key skills that can help you personally and professsionally.
If you are under 27 years of age on 13’th November 2011, contact us about attending.
Weekend costs including meals, accommodation, travel, childcare and other appropriate and properly incurred expenses, will be reimbursed by Unison.
Please click here for the poster with details of how to register.


Young Members Weekend 2010

This year’s young members weekend takes place 14 – 16 May at UNISON’s holiday village at Croyde Bay in North Devon. You will get the chance to find out more about the union and learn organising skills, as well as a chance to look at key issues affecting young members at work and in the wider world. It’s also a great chance to meet, work, and socialise with up to 130 other young members.
The event costs £160 per delegate – paid for by your branch or region – for the weekend. This payment includes accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights, dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.  Other reasonable costs such as travel, childcare etc, will also be reimbursed by UNISON.
 For those who are concerned about travelling back on a Sunday afternoon/evening, it will be possible to book accommodation (including dinner and breakfast) on the Sunday night for an additional £30.00 per person.
If you are under 27 years old on May 16 2010, ask your branch secretary about attending.


Bully Buster Campaign

Please find below a hyperlink to a recent article published in Company Magazine.  UNISON has teamed up with Company to raise awareness of workplace bullying.

http://www.unison.org.uk/acrobat/Workplace_bullying.pdf

The campaign comes about as a survey of 7000 UNISON members has revealed that bullying in the workplace has doubled in the past 10 years and that more than a third of young women are the victims.  The campaign is calling for legislation to outlaw bullying, with employers required to develop anti-bullying policies and enforce them in the workplace.

We are asking for branches to bring this article to the attention of their young members.  National young members are being asked for any views or opinions they would like to share about workplace bullying.  Young members who would like to find out more, or to share any experiences of workplace bullying can contact us on the numbers below or by emailing myself or Ryan Williams (r.williams@unison.co.uk).  They can also join the CymruWales Young Members Facebook Group and post a response on our discussion pages there.

Tanya Reardon
Area Organiser Unison Cymru/Wales
Tel: 02920 729413


Age Equality Affects Young Members Too!

From 1 October 2006 the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations make it unlawful to discriminate against people at work because of their age.

Legislation will outlaw age discrimination in employment and vocational training in 2006. It will include every member of the workforce, young and old and means employers will no longer be able to recruit, train, promote or retire people on the basis of age, unless it can be objectively justified.

Your union, UNISON, takes a lead in supporting equality in the workplace and throughout wider society, including discrimination on grounds of age.

Young workers are often belittled, because they are believed to lack knowledge and experience and are often made to feel like an outsider. They are often denied the chance to further their career as employers deem them too young to take on and cope with extra responsibility.

A report published by Royal & Sun Alliance (R&SA) states that 1 in 7 young workers feel their progression has been hindered because of their age, compared to 1 in 10 people over 45.

Discrimination against young workers is often ingrained as on many occasions there may be a 20 year age gap between themselves and their colleagues and the respect that all workers are entitled is not reaching as far as it should, therefore young members need to be encouraged to speak out.

One of the main disadvantages for a young worker is that of low pay. The minimum wage, although welcome, still expects younger workers to do the same job and under the same working conditions and terms of employment than that of someone 5 or 50 years older than them but for a much lower rate of pay. Even though they could have the same or more outgoings than their colleagues who are paid more money, young workers are expected to work for less!

UNISON was at the forefront of the campaign for a national minimum wage before its introduction in 1998. In 2004 UNISON was successful in getting 16 and 17 year olds partially covered by this legislation, and your union continues to campaign for the abolition of the age differentials. At present the minimum wage rates as at October 2007 are as follows:22 years old and over (‘adult rate’) — £5.52
18-21 year olds (‘development’ rate) — £4.60
16-17 year olds — £3.40.

With 16 and 17 years olds still being expected to work for a minimum wage over 38% less than that of someone 5 years older.

UNISON has also been at the forefront of the campaign on student tuition fees and in the past we have been a key sponsor of the National Union of Students campaign against student hardship. We continue to campaign with the NUS and support Coalition 2010 which campaigns to oppose the creation of markets in education, variable tuition fees, and the removal of the £3000 cap on fees. We believe that the serious levels of debt students face acts as a massive deterrent to students from less well off backgrounds wishing to go on to higher education.

Your union, UNISON, boasts 75,000 young members and the figure is rising, making one of the fastest increasing young memberships in a UK trade union.

Where young people are part of a workforce represented by a trade union they get a better deal, including improved pay and career opportunities, and are less at risk from exploitation, accidents and injury compared to young workers in non-unionised workplaces. That’s why our priority is to recruit and support more young members.

So, what can you as a young member do to help?

Encourage non Unison members to join us;
There is increased strength in increased numbers.

Become a representative;
You’ll be contributing something, even if you can only spare a little time. Or you could be a workplace contact – making sure members receive information, acting as a link, between members and the union.

Provide a link;
You will participate in the democratic structures of the union – lots of opportunities for all kinds of people. As well as local branches, there are regional and national levels to the union that need people like you to get involved.
As well as young members there are also groups for members, to allow them equal access to and an equal voice in the union – for women, black members, lesbian, gay, retired, bisexual and transgender members.

Speak in UNISON;
You’ll be part of the biggest union in the country – contributing towards our influential voice on a huge range of issues. Ensure that your members are heard!

Work as a team;
You can get together with work friends and colleagues and meet new people. If you decide to take on an elected position in your UNISON branch you could consider doing it as a job share with someone else.

Have more of a say;
You can have more of a say on what UNISON does in your workplace – bring up issues that you really know are of importance to you and your colleagues. Maybe you’re unhappy with the lighting in the car park, or think you should have different working hours. Whatever the issue, the only way you can change it, is to bring it up in the first place.