Who'd be a union rep?

Research from Personnel Today and the TUC reveals that a surprising 92 per cent of union reps believe they are sacrificing their careers in order to represent their colleagues even though they enjoy a largely positive, professional working relationship with their organisations' HR departments.

More than nine in ten union reps (92 per cent) responding to the survey think their career prospects have been hampered by their personal involvement with unions. Some 38 per cent believe this is definitely the case and 54 per cent believe it is possibly so.

Further details from the research include:

- Only just over a third (36 per cent) of HR professionals think that union reps careers are damaged by taking on union duties;

- Over half the HR professionals questioned (57 per cent) agree that unions are an essential part of modern employer/employee relations and that unions are a 'force for good' (52 per cent);

- On balance, a slim majority of HR professionals believe their organisations' employees would get a worse deal without their union and its reps.

For more details see a Personnel Today press release here and the TUC's here.

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