CSP organiser Lou Dear writes about CSP’s latest recruitment drive for stewards and safety reps and why you should become one
What is May Day?
1 May is celebrated as a national or public holiday around the globe. The date originated in the 19th century around the time trade unions worked towards their famous wins – the eight-hour working day, and later, the weekend.
This year, May Day was particularly poignant as we celebrated past and present solidarity and victories but also remembered thousands of workers, including over 230 NHS staff, who died over the past year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
What is CSP's new campaign?
On May Day 2021, CSP launched a new recruitment campaign for workplace stewards and safety reps.
The work CSP local reps do with and for thousands of members each year, is truly amazing.
With CSP membership numbers at an all-time high, the need to recruit workplace stewards and safety reps has increased.
The geography of the physio workforce has changed significantly in recent years with workplaces and employers increasingly fragmented. CSP members now work in approximately 400 different employers in just over 3,000 locations. So it is difficult for some reps to cover multiple sites, or across a large geographic location.
This is your opportunity to change that, to build a strong physiotherapy presence in your employer.
Workplaces are safer, provide better care and are more inclusive and diverse when staff are engaged in local decisions and feel supported to speak up when things are not right. Stewards and safety reps trained and supported by the CSP ensure this happens.
By stepping forward as a workplace rep you will help maintain a strong professional and trade union identity, deliver a better place to work for your colleagues and promote physiotherapy within your employer.
Why you should sign up:
- Workplace reps make workplaces healthier and more productive
- Safety reps reduce the serious injury rate of staff by 50%
- CSP workplace reps gain skills, experience and networks which benefit members and their careers in physiotherapy.
To mark this May Day do something for colleagues and for yourself. Become part of the solution - sign up to be a CSP workplace rep!
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