Link members: be part of something bigger
Mon 10 Oct 2016
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Eight MiP members from across England took part in the union’s latest training course for Link Members. They were joined by MiP national officers Pete Lowe and Jane Carter, and the course facilitator, Unison’s Davinder Sandhu.
Eight MiP members from NHS organisations across England took part in the union’s latest training course for Link Members in July. They were joined by MiP national officers Pete Lowe and Jane Carter, and the course facilitator, Unison’s Davinder Sandhu.
Link members are MiP’s “eyes and ears” on the ground in NHS workplaces. As well as recruiting and organising new members and providing help and advice, they liaise with MiP national officers and UNISON branches, and help negotiate with employers locally.
The two-day course aims to help delegates better understand the role of a Link Member and employ their existing skills to help members with problems at work, resolve disputes and help MiP to grow.
Deborah Porter from Cwm Taf University Health Board, one of the delegates, said she felt “uplifted, energised and positive” after completing the course. “Pete, Jane and Davinder were excellent, and the whole group of people who attended were great. It was so interesting to meet people from different areas in England and to share their experiences. I really enjoyed it and it made me feel more part of something bigger,” she added.
Course facilitator Davinder Sandhu said: “the Link Member training will develop your skills and knowledge to become active within MiP and support members in your workplace. It will increase your confidence in organising in a union context and signposting around workplace issues. You can develop the role as little or as much as you like to fit around your other commitments.”
● If you are interested in becoming an MiP Link Member or taking part in a Link Member course, please contact Laura Anthony at MiP head office: firstname.lastname@example.org