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SOAPBOX Special ‘The difference Un

Alan Pearson, 58 Rolls-Royce Derby “It’s a great environment to work in. We have good union representation, which helps the company to treat the workers right and it really makes the difference. What I really like about the company is that if you’ve got a problem or say an illness they are very sympathetic towards you and will work with you – they treat us with respect. The wages are good; it’s a clean and healthy environment to work in. And compared to a lot of places I feel a degree of security.”

There’s no doubt that having a strong organised union can make a world of difference in the workplace. We asked some Unite members what being a part of Unite means to them

Jan Pritchard, 70 Manchester, Unite Community “Bad bosses and the Tories support each other. The bosses fund the Tories and they only care about profits. We want change. Many are going hungry but this government doesn’t care. You can also see it in the way people are treated at work. That’s why at Unite Community we’ve supported Fujitsu workers, the McStrike and the Sports Direct campaign. It’s all connected and we need to stand together with working Unite members if we want widespread change.”

Hermes Carabali, 60 Cleaner, Bermondsey “Cleaners are often treated very badly at work. They get paid very little and don’t get proper hours or working rights. One person cannot fight against bad treatment. It takes people working together to help each other. When we needed an increase in our salary Unite was there to help us. Because we fought with the union we got the London living wage and better conditions. That was a big win and it really sparked my interest in how we can work with each other to help make things better for everyone.”

30 uniteWORKS Autumn 2017

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