These pages contain key resources to help branch and section officers recruit, retain and organise members in their workplace
This handbook is an introduction to the role of a Prospect representative. It provides the basic information that reps need and and points you in the right direction if you need to know more. It covers: becoming a rep; different types of rep; how Prospect works; how we're organised; how Prospect works; the importance of recruitment, organisation and retention; meetings; dealing with members' queries; data protection issues; what resources are available. [Updated August 2013]
New members are the lifeblood of any union. The more members in Prospect, the better we can represent and protect them. Recruitment should be a key activity for every Prospect representative. Identifying non-members, reporting staff changes, contacting newcomers and persuading them to join are the basis for all other Prospect work.
Recruitment factsheet: campaigning locally
Local campaigns make a real difference and can
be run independently by your branch. This factsheet sets out a few hints and tips.
Recruitment factsheet: communicating with members
Some dos and don'ts about communicating with members, whether it's via posters, emails or newsletters.
Recruitment factsheet: excuses for not joining
Prepare yourself with responses to some of the most common reasons people give for not joining the union.
Recruitment factsheet: getting organised
Set recruitment objectives, manage your time and resources, share the work out, review your progress.
Recruitment factsheet: time off for your union activities
Trade union reps have the right to undertake their role, with reasonable paid time off and resources to do it. Most Prospect branches have local agreements that reflect this, sometimes referred to as a ‘facilities agreement.'
Recruitment factsheet: what Prospect reps do
Prospect has over 4000 volunteer reps who
undertake crucial roles to support members. This factsheet summarises some of the roles and activities they volunteer for.
Recruitment factsheet: why everyone should join a union
Five reasons why people should join a union.
Recruitment factsheet: you are not alone!
Prospect relies on local volunteers, and we’ll do everything we can to support you in your role. This factsheet summarises what you can expect from us.