BECTU is important to me because of the power it gives us to get things done. Together we can make change happen. Managers will talk to me because I’m a rep. Being a member of the National Joint Council, made up of reps from BECTU, NUJ and Unite, that negotiates directly with the BBC is brilliant, it gives you a voice, it gives all of us a voice.
I’m a shift worker and I can talk to them about what it means for people who work nights, who work weekends, who work at odd hours and times of the day and help people at the top level to understand what that’s like and the kind of things that we need. That makes a big difference to the people I work with and to other shift workers and members all over the BBC.
Being a rep has only ever been good for my career and for my path through the BBC. It means that I speak to senior managers on a one-to-one level which has helped me to get more senior positions because I’m now dealing with the people you often have to talk to about those roles.