Ever thought about becoming a UNISON local organiser?

UNISON Cymru/Wales local organiser Whitney Brown

UNISON is now recruiting and looking for fantastic local organisers to support our branches across Wales.

We spoke to former teaching assistant and nursery nurse Whitney Brown (pictured above) who took on the role earlier this year.

Whitney said she was naturally drawn to the job after coming from a family with a deep-rooted history in trade unionism.

After completing a Human Resources Management degree, she took a job in the HR department of a local charity and said: “During my studies, I delved into the intricacies of trade unions, which ignited a genuine passion within me.

“It swiftly became my ambition to pursue a career in trade unionism.

“UNISON, being the largest public services trade union in the UK, stood out to me.

“When the opportunity arose for the Local Organiser position, I jumped at the chance and applied.”

Whitney began her professional life as a teaching assistant and nursery nurse and later worked in an administrative role with a community transport company.

She said: “Recognising my desire to pursue higher education, I returned to college as a mature student.

“It was during this period that I became actively involved in the student union movement.

“I served as a student representative and was subsequently elected as a member of NUS Wales Women’s Liberation Committee for two consecutive years.

“I pursued my degree while also working as a talent intern followed by a role as an HR administrator.”

Whitney said she has thoroughly enjoyed her time working for UNISON and added: “My primary focus has been working together with local authority branches across Wales to recruit and engage with school support staff.

“This role has been instrumental in boosting my professional confidence, pushing me to further develop and apply my existing skills, and expanding my knowledge base.

“Every day brings new opportunities, and no two days are the same.”

Whitney began working for UNISON in April this year and taken part in training sessions, webinars, seminars and played a key role in a variety of different campaigns.”

She said: “From day one, I’ve felt supported and truly part of a team.

“No question, no matter how small or seemingly trivial, has gone unanswered.

“For the first time in my working life, I don’t experience the Sunday blues.”

Whitney said: “My advice for anyone considering a local organiser role is take the leap – you won’t regret it.

“Essential qualities include strong interpersonal skills, the ability to be relatable and approachable to the members we represent, as well as the capacity for effective problem-solving and resilience.”

UNISON is now recruiting for local organisers in Wales.

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