It has taken a few months to get the advert from an idea to reality. Inverclyde branch worked on the design with UNISON Scotland communications team, and with Morton football club. They bought space on an advertising board facing the pitch. They got prime position near the corner flag, and they have a partner advert in the match programme which provides more information on how and why to join UNISON.
UNISON Inverclyde Branch secretary, Robin Taggart said ‘This was a great way we can make a small contribution to our community football club and encourage those delivering public services to think about joining UNISON. It is a perfect partnership as UNISON embraces community as a key part of public service - as well as traditional trade union values in mainstream Local Government and Health. We have over 1700 members working within the public sector locally. Many of whom work in the voluntary and community sectors. We represent members within Inverclyde Council, Inverclyde Leisure, River Clyde Homes, West of Scotland College, Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership as well as many other local community organisations.
Robin also said, ‘We know that many of our members are Morton fans. So we would also want to wish Greenock Morton FC all the best for the coming season, it's fantastic that we are league one champions. Its great to see UNISON supporting our local team.Joe Lynch, UNISON regional organiser said ‘We need to keep in the fore front of peoples minds that UINISON is the public sector union and we are the biggest trade union in Scotland. This gives us strength and solidarity. And we are always open to new members. For more information and local campaigns please see unisoninverclyde.org.uk.
Joe continued, ‘Inverclyde branch are looking for as many ways as possible to get the message out there that UNISON is the public services union, we are a community organisation and we are easy to join. We know there are many people out there who want to join UNISON but for some reason never quite get round to it. These ads will hopefully just prompt a few more people to get on-line and fill out that membership form.’
You can see the adverts at all Greenock Morton home games!