Stewards are the backbone of UNISON. Devon County Branch is looking to recruit more stewards. Are you good at listening and helping people with their problems? If so, then you might like to consider becoming a steward. Just call the Branch for an informal chat on 01392 382530 or email us.
Stewards from the Branch reveal the nitty gritty of what the role involves:
“I have been a steward for 10 years. I enjoy supporting people with their problems. I’d definitely recommend the stewards’ training course.” – Jenni Brooks, Team Leader, Oakwell Bickington, Barnstaple
“I became a steward four years ago beacuse no one else would. I wanted to represent the needs of my colleagues. It’s a great feeling that the union can achieve something for the individual as well as the whole workforce. Worst bit is the apathy I sometimes encounter.” – Jonathan Richards, Social Worker, Devon County Council, Barnstaple
“I have been a steward for 17 years. I like supporting members and promoting fairness at work. I listen to members issues and liaise with managers.” – Paul Harris, Employment Advisor, ACS, Kingsbridge
“I have been a steward for six years. I really enjoy helping people. Being a steward can take up a few hours a month or a couple of days – it depends what’s going on at work. Downside is that when it doesn’t go their way, people sometimes think it’s the union’s fault.” – Susan Lassan, Team Leader, Kenwyn Residential Home
“I became a steward because I felt it important that I do my bit as a member of the union. I would want someone to represent me and to help me if I needed it. I get 22 days per year for my duties as steward and I have found this to be adequate. I would definitely recommend the training. I have completed the Level 2 Stewards course and a level 3 Diploma in Employment Law.” – Claire Pellew, Careers Adviser, Careers South West Ltd
“I wanted to be involved in the union as I thought that the union had a strong voice in its dealings with the authority and I wanted to ensure that the members in my area could have their opinions put forward on issues that affected them. You need to have an open mind to understand all the views put forward (even managers have opinions).” – Bob King, Lower Moor Depot, Tiverton