Being a UCU local representative is a very practical job. It can involve campaigning, negotiating, running meetings, talking to members, working with committees, writing newsletters, recruiting and dealing with various issues. The wide range of activities and differing circumstances ensure that it's often exciting and rarely boring.
Being a new rep can seem a bit daunting. Often you are as worried about what you don't know, as what you do! But remember that an old rep is just a new rep who's been doing it for a while. And no rep (in fact nobody!) knows everything.
Being a UCU health and safety rep will give you a range of legal rights to monitor health and safety at your institution. Completing a UCU training course on health and safety will give you the knowledge and skills to fulfil the role of an H&S rep effectively.
Union learning representatives (ULRs) are branch based representatives and are similar to health and safety representatives; but while health and safety representatives focus on health and safety issues, Learning reps focus on members' personal and professional learning interests.
Any UCU member who is enthusiastic enough can be a workplace environmental rep! You may be a UCU health and safety rep, a branch officer or departmental rep, or simply a UCU member keen to promote a green agenda in your workplace
Our terms and conditions and other trade union rights come from hundreds of years of collective struggle. Each of the rights currently enjoyed have been fought for and defended by either the whole union movement or UCU at national, regional or local level.