Why Unions?
Unions work on the simple principle that while an employer might be able to ignore the views of a single worker, if workers speak with one voice then the employer has to take notice. Unions encourage their members to take part in collective decision making following union policy, to put views to the employer. Unions are not negative, but act constructively to better the pay and conditions for a teacher as we all know that a happy and healthy teacher will be a better teacher for the pupils and students.
As a member of NASUWT, the union is you and all the other members. You can have a say in how the union is run, take an active part in organising and developing policy and shaping the future for all teachers.

Facts about unions
The vast majority of workplaces recognise unions and the value they bring. Unions win millions of pounds in compensation for members who suffer injury or discrimination at work. Accident rates are higher for non-union members and non-union members are twice as likely to be seriously injured as those who work in places where there are union safety reps. The average union member earns more than the average non-union member. The average union member gets more paid holidays than non-member. Almost every improvement in workplace conditions – for  example equal pay laws, stronger health and safety
legislation, time off, PPA time and workload reduction measures came about following pressure from trade unions.


Ten examples of things unions do for their members – in other words, ten things that members do for themselves by working as a union are:

 

 

nasuwtChris Keates: NASUWT General Secretary
Chris_linesJohn Rimmer: President
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