By Richard Hoogstad, Prospect communications officer
Day two of Union Week saw me travelling to Norwich International Airport to assist at a recruitment and information stand organised by negotiations executive Tom Sidwell and organiser Sam Gipson.
The subsection’s membership includes air traffic controllers, security officers and firefighters at the airport and Tom, pictured talking to prospective members, is striving to obtain formal union recognition there.
Existing members brought colleagues up to a room in the administrative wing of the airport, where Tom and Sam were available to talk about the benefits of joining the union and members old and new were able to help themselves to Prospect-branded merchandise.
By the end of the day Tom and Sam had signed up five new members and given many more prospective members something to think about – hopefully more will take up the offer of three months’ free membership when signing up before 14 October.
Following the full-day event, Sam and I travelled to Lowestoft, where the Cefas branch had organised a #talkProspect quiz night at the Kirkley & Pakefield Football Club.
We were joined by negotiations officer Julie Flanagan and set up the display stand, wrapped up the prizes and draped Sam’s homemade Prospect bunting above the stage before the quiz got underway.
We called our team the Head Office Honchos and while we didn’t win any prizes (I think we came third, but we were competing against scientists!), the event was well-attended, with 23 people participating.
Sam spoke after the quiz about the member-recruit-member offer as almost all the participants were already signed up.
See how the first day of Union Week shaped up at http://bit.ly/UnionWeekDayOne