The aims of this assignment are to measure the outcome of students’ learning in terms of knowledge acquired, understanding developed and skills or abilities gained in relation to achieve the learning outcomes. A background reading has been provided to provide a general contextual framework to the assignment.
The assignment comprises an essay to be written under several broad topics as the main requirements of the assignment. Relevant areas for discussion have also been identified under each broad topic. The beginning of each section should outline a general introduction to the broad topic with the objective of providing a contextual background to the areas of discussion to follow. Relevant references and academic quotes and the use of case examples are required as evidence of broader reading and research.
Assignment Scenario: Developing responsiveness through organizational structure – A UNISON case study.
UNISON is the UK’s biggest public service trade union. It represents 1.3 million members who deliver essential services to the public. These are services that protect, enrich, and change lives. Its members work in all areas of public service. They work in hospitals, town halls, universities, colleges, schools, social services, and clinics. Most people in the UK rely on these services. There are UNISON branches in all sorts of organizations in the UK.
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Role of a union
As a trade union, UNISON represents and supports its members in issues at work. It looks after their welfare and campaigns for changes on their behalf. UNISON also has a role in local and national negotiations and in collective bargaining. This is where UNISON negotiates with employers and groups of employers for all of its members collectively. One of its key roles is in campaigning on behalf of members. This could be for changes that will benefit members such as better wages or working conditions or against policies that threaten members’ jobs. UNISON, therefore, campaigns against government spending cuts that will have a negative impact on public services and those employed in this sector.UNISON, on behalf of its members, has concentrated its campaign efforts over the past two years on the future of public services and the challenges that they face from government cuts. Public sector cuts planned by the coalition government in 2012 would mean more than 730,000 public service job cuts. This case study looks at organizational structures and how UNISON’s structure is designed to allow it to make decisions and respond to changes quickly in order to help its members.
Structure of UNISON UNISON has a complex structure that reflects the complex nature of the work that it carries out. Its structure is split by function and by region. UNISON’s 1,100 staff works in either its new center on Euston Road in London or in one of the 12 UK regions. Within each region, there are employees responsible for different areas of the union’s work. These areas include health, learning and development, and local government and education. The members are organized into branches throughout Britain and Northern Ireland. This tall structure helps it to act quickly and respond to changes:
The National Executive Council, which is elected by members, can focus on policy and providing leadership. The UNISON Centre concentrates on providing a range of services to members and the regions such as legal, financial and personnel services. Regional employees can deal with issues particular to their geographical area, e.g. when a local employer announces redundancies……………