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Robert Bell, 25 engineer, Rolls-Royce Derby “The pay is really good here. I don’t have any student loan debt — as a result I’m able to own my own house. For someone my age, without your parents buying a house for you, that in itself is a miracle. It’s certainly not City pay but I’m able to lead a respectable, happy life. I like that they treat employees well. I get the feeling that they care about you — or rather, because of the union, they’re made to care about you.”

Ben Maden, 26 hospital porter, Westmoreland Hospital, Kendal “I received invaluable help from our branch secretary when I need representation and that’s how I got involved. Our porters are overlooked and undervalued. Unite has brought the workforce together, pushed our position and made a real difference. We managed to block biometric attendance machines being installed because they only targeted certain divisions. Now we’re fighting against plans to outsource porters to an umbrella company. The support the union offers is second to none and we are fighting tooth and nail to protect the NHS.”

Mohshin Ahmed, 30 Battersea bus depot “I saw injustice in the workplace – drivers were being bullied and not being treated with dignity and respect. The union helped put a stop to that. Because we’re organised we’ve been able to get our voices across. They have to be more careful now.”

Sonayallu Wilson, 38 Manchester City Council “Cleaners are often treated very badly at work. They get “I joined Unite because I wanted a union that was ready to fight for me and ready to take a stand on the issues. We’re definitely the ‘gobbiest’ union out there and we go the extra mile. Our members are our first and last priority. “

31 uniteWORKS Autumn 2017

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