Video interviews with Voice members.
An early years lecturer, a special school headteacher and a teacher talk about why they joined the union for education and childcare professionals, including nursery nurses, teaching assistants and students.
“Voice is the union for me – primarily because of the issues around the non-strike side of the union work. The [SEN] children are missing out on what they need here, which is education every day without fail – the regularity of it, the continuity of it.”
“I like the legal protection side because I’ve got first-hand experience of professional support from the legal team at Voice.”
“I didn’t have to press 14 buttons on the telephone to find somebody. It was very, very speedy – constantly feeding back to me on progress and asking me how things were; very concerned about my well-being. It just felt as supportive as it could be.”
“I like the magazine … English issues … Welsh issues and Scottish issues and teaching assistant issues … informed overview of what we … need to know.”
Gary Dodds, Headteacher
“I believe we don’t need to strike – there are other ways to deal with things.” “Striking doesn’t get us anywhere.”
“The support is still there. Just because Voice don’t strike doesn’t mean the support’s any different.”
Claire Greaves, Teacher
“Voice encompass a whole range of childcare professionals – nursery nurses, teaching assistants – giving each one an equal opportunity to have that same support.”
“They have always been committed to excellence within the profession.”
“I’ve had students in the past that have gone into an environment where they have felt very uncomfortable yet, after joining Voice, they’ve been able to contact Voice and ask for advice and someone from Voice has actually negotiated a much more enjoyable experience for them.”
Pat Norris, Lecturer (early years)