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Survey Response shows there is still a long way to go

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Many London and home county authorities have recently agreed to distribute survey forms on behalf of CYWU. This simple exercise will undoubtedly help CYWU provide the relevant information and support to members and recruitment details to potential members.

The survey asked employees a number of questions based on their work, their union and JNC. CYWU has received a very positive response from youth workers from every local authority that agreed to distribute the survey forms.

At the time of writing this article, survey forms are still being returned. However, early indications show that our union still has a long way to go in strengthening its communication and organisation.

From compiling the information taken from the first 100 forms, CYWU has produced these statistics.

22% of the people that completed our survey were not members of any trade union

59% of the people that completed our survey were members of CYWU

19% of the people that completed our survey were members of another trade union.

Out of the 59% of CYWU members that completed our survey only 43% knew who there branch officers were.

39% of the people that completed our survey did not know what the JNC is.

60% of the people that completed our survey were unaware of the current JNC negotiations.

75% of the people that completed our survey work more than their contracted hours.

73% of the people that completed our survey had suffered work-related stress.

98% of the people that completed our survey felt that they should be better informed about staffing issues

46% of the people that completed our survey had never attended a CYWU meeting

81% of the people that completed our survey stated that they were willing to attend a CYWU meeting.

98% of the people that completed our survey stated that they would like to receive more information about CYWU.

The poll had been compiled from 100 survey forms from youth workers and mentors in eleven different authorities.

Although the survey was clearly marked “CYWU survey”, it was pleasing to see that members of our union represented the majority of people who completed their forms.

However, we should be concerned that 43 out of 59 CYWU members do not know whom their local branch officers are. This is simply unacceptable. All branches have been offered support in producing newsletters, mailings and providing meetings for their members to ensure that the communication links between National Office – Branch Officers – Members and visa versa are affective. Alarmingly, some members have added footnotes or short messages to the survey forms stating that the local branch officers fail in their duties. (Although none of these people indicated that they were willing to challenge the position)

Another major concern is that many youth workers do not know if they are being paid on a JNC scale. An even bigger percentage admitted to not being aware of the current JNC negotiations. There are no excuses from CYWU members, every member receives Rapport and every branch secretary has been instructed to communicate with their members regarding the pay claim and working to contract. This is clearly not happening as proved by the 75% who admitted to working more than their contracted hours.

Moreover, the survey indicated that there was an almost identical number of people working more than their contracted hours to those who have suffered work related stress. Although the survey cannot prove the two are linked, it is extremely likely that they are.

CYWU appreciates the commitment, time and energy lay officers put in to maintaining their branches and servicing its membership and it is widely acknowledged no union can function without its memberships’ involvement. However, it must be accepted that branch activity needs to be increased and not compromised especially during a pay claim and every single member can play their part. If individual members or branches need support in organising meetings, recruitment or regenerating their branches contact CYWU immediately.


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