Published October 1, 2015 at 15:58
A Young Members Officer acts as the eyes and ears of younger people in the branch – but also listens to their ideas.
The man at the helm in Blackburn with Darwen’s office is Jacques McCaughran who has been busy netting new recruits this year and explains there are multiple benefits for signing up.
” It is good to have an active young person sitting in the branch committee meetings to represent young people. On the whole. the union movement doesn’t do a lot for young people – a lot of them don’t understand the point of being a member but they need to be engaged.
“While they might understand politics, they might not be aware of the role that the union has and how it can help them.
“I’m looking to set up some social events to make people more aware of what we do. I’m pleased with what I’ve achieved in the role so far as I’ve got colleagues to agree to free UNISON membership for apprentices for the first year and I continue to nationally challenge for representation of young people.”
The induction for apprentices is run by Jacques, who will also be sending out newsletters to explain more benefits to young people.
“One thing they can take advantage of is cheaper car insurance. When you first pass your test it can be a big hit of cash to payout to get on the streets but UNISON offers a Vauxhall vehicle at a cheaper rate and cheaper car insurance.
“You can also get a dental plan for a discounted amount per month and then any work up to £1000 is covered by an NHS dentist.”
You may be young at heart but you do need to be under the age of 27 to sign up for UNISON’S young members!
UNISON North West also has an active Young Members Forum which meets regularly to discuss issues of common concern and interest to young people.
Meetings are friendly and informal, providing an opportunity to get involved in shaping the union and having your voices heard.
There are also plenty of chances to get involved with social events, training, special weekends and forums.
Branches can nominate two young members to attend meetings, with travel expenses reimbursed.
To find out more about becoming a young person’s member, contact Jacques McLoughlin at our UNISON office on 01254 585220 or visit: www.unison.org.uk/join