We’re big fans of Mumsnet at UNISON, and following a discussion thread about our public service champions campaign last week, we’re even bigger fans.
Though the discussion began with a post about our campaign that wasn’t exactly positive – “whilst I agree that every role is essential, ultimately the clerical assistant who created the ambulance rota did not save this man’s life, and I feel this undermines the actions of the paramedics, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals” – it quickly turned positive.
Users shared some incredible stories about their own experiences of public service champions.
If the original poster wasn’t too impressed, commenters quickly jumped in to support the campaign.
I think these are lovely advertisements – acknowledging those whose contribution is not often acknowledged. I agree the sentence headlines sometimes sound a bit odd, but when you stop and think about it, it’s a good point.
Thanks LondonSouth28! We think you’re lovely too.
More and more people began saying how under-valued they thought public sector support workers are.
“Bottom line, if frontline services didn’t have the cleaners, the admin, the support staff, they couldn’t run public services” said one.
“Without clean wards, those sorting appointments and ordering medication and supplies, the medical staff couldn’t treat the patients effectively” said another.
People who know public-service workers began to talk about their personal experiences of seeing them do incredible work, but being under-appreciated.
Some public-service champions themselves commented too.
Hundreds of people commented saying how much they value public sector workers, and thought the campaign to champion them is a good thing.
Possibly our favourite comment of the lot – even though it got a bit sweary – was from greenfolder:
“I think those adverts are bloody brilliant. If more people generally got a proper grip of the idea that all parts are essential to function as a whole and treated people accordingly the world would be a better place.”