Red Noses for recruitment

UNISON members donned their red noses today as they combined recruitment with support for Comic Relief.

The Horsham district council branch, in Southern region,is donating £5 to the charity for every new member recruited during the day.

And members at Sheffield Hallamshire Hospital, in Yorkshire & Humberside, are demonstrating the same spirit – £5 for every new recruit. Dental technician Paul (picured) celebrated his new UNISON membership by sporting his very own red nose.

Elsewhere in the region, Barnsley Health branch celebrated reaching 25 new members, praising its “star recruiters” and organising strategy.

The recruitment campaign also hit the wards at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank. “NHS staff know we are stronger together,” said the branch’s Jen McCarey. “We’ve had a great day.”

Southampton City Council branch offered sandwiches and “freebies” to anyone wishing to speak about the benefits of joining the union.

And staff at Petroc College, Tiverton, were invited to drop into the college’s theatre in the afternoon, to speak to Devon County branch reps.

Like branches all over the country, Devon County is also looking beyond today, as the campaign continues apace next week. On Monday, the branch will be holding a drop-in between noon and 2pm, in the coffee room at the Somerset Fire and Rescue HQ, Clyst St George.

Also in South West region, and at the very same time, reps will be offering a drop-in at Exeter College.

Speaking at UNISON’s community conference in Manchester, assistant general secretary Karen Jennings underlined one important aspect of the campaign when she urged delegates: “Reach out to those who have never been in a union.”