A message from Genna Lugue, our Young Members Officer, who attended this years Young Member’s Weekend in Newcastle.


Young Members Weekend I would like to firstly thank the branch for supporting me in attending the Young Member’s Weekend in Newcastle (12-14 May). It was a great chance to get a wider understanding of the services UNISON provides and also a great opportunity to meet other members from all UK regions. The weekend consisted of information workshops, campaign work, guest speakers, meetings for self-organised groups and discussions on our upcoming work plan for National Young Members Forum and Scottish regional group. More info:

  • Campaign work involved going around Newcastle city centre to encourage voter registration.
  • I attended the women’s self-organised group which discussed common workplace issues for women. We decided to forward two motions to the National Women’s Conference which were – 1. Tampon Tax and 2. Domestic Violence
  • Scotland Young Members Committee decided that our work plan for the upcoming year would focus on phase 3 of their campaign ‘Gonnae no dae that’ which is to tackle bullying and harassment in the workplace. Phase 3 will primarily be around education of bullying and harassment – to make sure more individuals are aware of it and can act upon it. We want to encourage that this course is mandatory for Unison stewards. The Scotland Young Member’s Committee won an award the Young Members Campaign Award, for phase 2 of the campaign which was fantastic.
  • Discussions involved identifying key issues for young people, such as: pay/cost of living, workload, ageism/respect, mental health, and redundancies/restructuring = insecure employment, lack of training/development, bullying and harassment, lack of access to benefits, affordability of housing etc.

What’s next? Ideally, with support of the branch I’d like to become more active in Scotland’s Young Member Committee and become involved in the bullying and harassment campaign. The material that comes out of this can be forwarded to not just our young members, but entire Argyll and Bute membership.

UNISON has around 63,000 young members. If you are a UNISON member and under 27 years of age you are automatically entitled to participate as a young member. Why not

Get in touch with Genna if you would like to get involved and help us campaign for the issues affecting young workers in Argyll and Bute or if you want to know more about the role of the Young Members Officer.

email –  Genna.lugue@argyll-bute.gov.uk