United we stand when it comes to unions and their effectiveness

16th April 2010 at 01:00

Trade unions are about far more than their annual conferences. Away from the media spotlight that such events attract - and are partly staged to attract - unions advise, represent, help, care for and inform their members and negotiate on their behalf.

After consulting its members, Voice, the union for education professionals, has moved from a traditional debate-based members' union annual conference to a series of training-based conferences designed to inspire members and non-members in their practice and professional development.

Philip Parkin, General secretary, Voice, Derby.

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