What is a trade union?
What are trade unions for and who is involved?
These are just some of the questions union reps and officials are asked when they talk to people about joining the union.
In a new video compiled and edited by the union’s Communications Unit, we invited our school secretary, SNA and caretaker members to answer the question “Why I’m a member of Fórsa”.
As Ireland’s fastest growing education union, Fórsa supports more than 15,000 workers in the Education sector.
The union’s director of strategic organising Orlagh Fawl said the response from members asked to participate was very encouraging: “Our organisers reached out and hundreds of photos and dozens of video messages came back.
“It’s refreshing to see our members together telling their own story about union membership, and I think this is a strong message for school and classroom staff thinking about joining the union,” she said.
Fórsa assistant general secretary Shane Lambert said the participation of so many members represented an authentic and authoritative message: “This is about the power of what we can achieve together, and while we weren’t able to engage in person with those members that took part, the video will in time remind us of how we continued to work together even as we were all kept apart during the pandemic,” he said.
You can watch the video HERE.
It’s never been more important – or more easy – to get the protections and benefits of union membership. Join Fórsa HERE or contact the union HERE.