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Guest Blog - Michael Gettins

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 11:58

The PA Network is delighted to bring you a Guest Blog slot from Michael Gettins. Michael has attended a couple of our Network events in Ayrshire in his role as a Unison Representative and has been a source of knowledge and expertise from his own career as a Social Worker and working in Social Care across Ayrshire.

This month we bring you Michael's Top Reasons to join a Trade Union.

10 Good reasons to join a Trade Union...statistically in a unionised workplace...

  1. Earnings are 8% higher
  2. The average Trade Union member gets 6 more days annual leave per year
  3. Less injuries at work as employers provide a safer workplace.
  4. Better compensation - if you are injured at work.
  5. 12% more parental policies in place above statutory minimum.
  6. More and better job-related training.
  7. More likely to get ‘equal pay for equal work’.
  8. 50% less likely to be sacked.
  9. Less likely to be discriminated against.
  10. Part of an international network to share good practice.

Having worked across social care for the last 40years there are many other tips and advice I can share but the best possible tip is to be part of a trade union - it is like having an insurance policy in the workplace. 'Pennies for peace of mind' with information, support and protection when you need it!.

Today's other top tips are

  1. Have a contract or at least a written statement of particulars within 13 weeks
  2. If in doubt, refer to the Care Plan
  3. Case reviewed and the Care Plan should be reviewed/updated every 6 months.

Until next time, Stay Safe!

Michael Gettins

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