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UNION STATEMENT

Our Aims

AHSCP Union exists to fulfil the following aims for its members:

  • To raise staff morale and productivity by improving workplace culture

  • To provide coaching support for improved mental health and work-related stress management

  • To offer access to personalised support for work-related complaints

  • To strengthen employee/employer relations

  • To tackle the taboos of bullying and harassment

  • To promote employee activism and workplace advocacy

  • To facilitate peer networking and support

Legal Status

AHSCP Union is an unincorporated (i.e. not a registered company, friendly society or co-operative) and quasi-corporate body. This organisation can therefore-

  1. make contracts;

  2. can sue or be sued in its own name; and

  3. can have proceedings for an alleged offence brought against it or its representative.

Function

AHSCP Union is a collective of workers of one or more descriptions within the health and social care (HSC) sector. It exists to facilitate positive, legally-compliant relations between these workers and their employers. Unlike traditional trade unions, we do not operate under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992. Our function is to affirm employee rights under all employment-related legislation. 

AHSCP Union functions independently outside of the control of an employer or group of employers, and is not subject to interference from employers or any employer agency/representative. 

AHSCP Union membership is free. Members pay for specialised services as required.

Membership

Application for membership to AHSCP Union is open to any clinical or non-clinical health and social care professional in the public sector in England. AHSCP Union members will benefit from collective bargaining rights under common law, European Convention on Human Rights Article 11 and Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 23. AHSCP Union membership also legally entitles members to be accompanied by AHSCP Union representatives to grievance or disciplinary meetings under the Employee Relations Act 1999 Section 10.

Governance

AHSCP Union operates in collaboration with AEAhsc but is governed separately. The governance of AHSCP Union is overseen by an executive committee comprising of health and social care professionals in various capacities and is answerable to all members. The executive committee engages with members using numerous informative and consultative procedures and takes actions on behalf the union and for its members, at times using an elective process.

AHSCP Union provides basic support and accompaniment (where appropriate) for members facing grievances and disciplinaries. Comprehensive written submissions to employers in relation to these may require a fee.

 

AEAhsc which provides legal representation during NMC investigations/hearings and Employment Tribunal proceedings at a discounted rate for all AHSCP Union members. 

Recognition

As with all unions, AHSCP Union must be formally recognised by an employer in order to engage with them on its members’ behalf. 

Freedom to Speak Up Guardianship

AHSCP Union participates in the Freedom to Speak Up scheme and its executive committee functions as one unit to fulfil the role of a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian. The aim of this participation is to reinforce the union's commitment to openly addressing the issues which affect professionals and their service users. It is also to benefit directly from the various resources and information provided by the National Guardian's Office.