Mike Haslin, Chief Executive Officer at TUCO, The University Caterers Organisation, discusses how to achieve value for money in these unpredictable times
Get the support you deserve
We all know that the world is not perfect so, unfortunately, things can and do go wrong at work, often when you least expect it, and that’s when you need the support of a firm but fair union to back you up.
Voice is the alternative union for education professionals.
We represent those working in education, early years and childcare, ensuring that our members have the support and guidance of a strong and approachable union throughout their career.
As an independent, non-strike union, Voice isn’t like the other unions in the education sector; we represent almost everyone working in education from the teacher to the receptionist, from the lab technician to the midday supervisor. So if you’ve ever thought a union isn’t right or available to you, think again – we’re here for you.
As an independent union, we can truly put members first. We’re not led by political agendas; we only take direction from our members and what they feel is most important to them. Our dedication to offering our members superior service is so important to us, it’s resulted in Voice becoming the only education union to achieve the Customer First Award.
It’s Voice’s mission to support, protect and listen to our members.
We believe that everybody has a right to be heard, but that not every member is the same, which is why we don’t offer a one-size-fits-all solution. At Voice, we’re dedicated to providing a personalised service to each of our members.
So how can Voice help you?
Advice – Voice is available to offer members support on a range of workplace-related issues and topics. We ensure they have access to easy to understand information to ensure they know their rights and responsibilities in their workplace. Whatever a member’s query, Voice’s team of advisers are just a phone call away.
Representation – if members need hands-on support in resolving their issues, Voice is there to represent them. We’re able to liaise on members’ behalf with employers to resolve concerns, address problems and reach mutually satisfactory conclusions. We support members who have been called to a disciplinary, represent the interests of those at risk of redundancy, and help resolve concerns about working conditions, amongst other things.
On your behalf – Voice’s team are engaged in discussions at national and local level designed to help secure the best environment and recognition for our members. We represent our members in discussions with national governments and organisations to help secure better pay, safer working environments, increased funding, and ensure new initiatives have achievable targets and timeframes.
Guidance – we offer a library of resources that can help outline our members’ statutory rights in the workplace or help them understand their employer’s responsibilities to them. Information available ranges from outlining maternity leave entitlements, performance management expectations, school security requirements you and your employer should take into consideration, to guidance on topics like tackling work-related stress and advice on back and vocal care.
Cost-savings – we offer members access to our Voice Rewards programme of discounts and offers to help them make savings on their work and personal expenses. Offers include the everyday expenses like groceries, as well as big ticket items like a new car, holidays or family days out.
Don’t go it alone. You deserve the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have the support of a union when you need it.
Visit our website to find out more about how we can support you in your career.
Alternatively, call or email our friendly and approachable team.