Thursday, October 04, 2007

UNISON NEC debates recruitment

As always the NEC meeting yesterday began with a report on recruitment.

It was reported to the meeting that poor recruitment earlier in the year means that we face losing members for the first time. The problem is, as always, particularly acute in Greater London as we have the highest turnover of members. There are three elements to how the Union will try to turn this around;
An emergency package of measures has been put in place for each Region to focus on a small number of large branches with low membership density (and therefore the greatest potential for recruitment);
There is to be a continuing focus on encouraging branches to adopt an organising approach, based upon Branch Development Plans;
There will be a focus upon recruitment around the local government pay dispute.

The evidence of the past is that significant boosts to recruitment occur primarily around major disputes – although the NEC was told that it was estimated that “Challenge X” had led to the recruitment of several thousand members who would not otherwise have been recruited and that such efforts were therefore worthwhile. (It is incredibly difficult to assess the accuracy of such claims, as understanding trends in trade union membership is more an art than a science).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

But surely they can look at previous trends, discount major recruiting issues such as pensions etc and then do a statistical comparison to actually evaluate Challenge X? So much has been invested in it( any idea of cost?) so there must have been some planned evaulation methodolgy up front as part of the project -otherwise, how on earth can we know it was worthwhile in reality? But I guess I'm being naive expecting a professional approach to this. kat