Could you be the next UNISON rep in your work place?

Do you want to be more involved in your workplace?

Could you be a voice for you and colleagues?

Tony Richards (pictured above) has been doing this for more than 20 years and said being a union representative can be a very interesting and satisfying addition to your working life.

Tony originally became a UNISON rep while working for social services at Cornwall Council.

He said: “There were no other rep’s within the workplace and it soon became clear there was a need to support staff with a variety of issues, I also became involved with the branch and took on the post of international officer.”

Tony has since moved to Wales and played a key role in a recognition agreement with Adferiad, a charity supporting people with mental health and addiction issues, which will mean UNISON can negotiate wages and conditions for staff.

He now works as a recovery practitioner running groups and one to one sessions with clients with a variety of mental health and addiction issues and added: “I am now the only rep for Adferiad and also the health and safety officer for our branch.

“I would encourage anyone interested to contact the branch about becoming a work place rep. All training is given and is not overwhelming.

“The recognition agreement with Adferiad gives UNISON the rights to represent and negotiate on behalf of employees in our workplace.

“It also gives us all protection, support and peace of mind.”

For more information contact the UNISON Ymlaen branch on 02920 228933.