Unite the Union

Unite the Union

September 10, 2007 08:39 ET

Students Unite and 'Know your Rights'!

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2007) - Unite are heading to Fresher's fairs across the UK to launch their Working Students Campaign.

Between 1996 and 2006 the number of full-time students who supported themselves through paid employment grew by more than 50%. Research shows that it is younger people that are more likely to face discrimination and bullying at work. Unite will be urging Freshers up and down the country to join a Union for security and protection but also to know their rights.

David Braniff-Herbert, Unite Student and Youth Organiser said:
"It's important for working students to join a trade union. Research shows that union members are better paid, enjoy better terms and conditions and are less likely to be the victims of bullying."

Unite's working Student campaign promotes trade union awareness. It allows students at Universities to come together and form a Society. Societies are recognised by the student union and have access to its facilities such as press, meeting rooms, offices and sports facilities.

"No one will understand student's needs and the difficulties they face better than themselves. Unite are here to support them and look after their best interests but the students will be telling us what they need."

Added David.

Unite has already set up Student Societies at Durham and Birmingham Universities. Lucy Seymour-Smith one of the Activists at Birmingham says:

"For us the Society has proved invaluable. Having Society status means we can use the Universities resources to help us recruit more members and run campaigns that are important to us. What is great is that we still have the support of the UK's biggest and most powerful trade union behind us."

Unite plans to have a Student Society in every University in the UK by 2009.

Notes to editors:
Unite are setting up a mini site www.uniteworkingstudents.org dedicated to fresher's season and their working students campaign which will launch on 20th September. It will contain useful information for students such as workers rights, details on minimum wage, break and holiday entitlement plus tips for fresher's on how to make friends and get involved with other University activity.
Unite were the first trade union to initiate a Student Facebook group which brings students together allowing them to share their experiences.

Contact Information

  • David Braniff-Herbert
    07774 146777
    Unite Press Office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224761