UNISON Southampton District Branch are proud to recognise Mel Robertson, steward at Redbridge Community School as our STAR Steward for May 2017.
Branch Secretary, Hayley Garner, had this to say:
Mel has helped members in the school with questions about terms and conditions, giving great advice and support. She always responds to members quickly and is around to help when needed. She always looks out for school staff and isn't afraid to speak up when she sees something happening that shouldn't be.
On receiving the award, Mel said:
I became a steward to support TAs with queries, as I was being asked the questions anyway!
Most people are under the illusion that all unions do is strike - I would argue they support you and offer great insight into how your workplace should be run. They can also help with many topics that aren't work related.
If workers aren't in a union, there is no one to fight their corner.
Mel Robertson accepting her award with Hayley Garner, Branch Secretary, and Ben Martin, Fighting Fund Local Organiser
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