Annual Message from the General Secretary

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) is one of my favourite films. The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his personal dreams, in order to help others in his community. On Christmas Eve he attempts suicide. He is stopped by his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody. Clarence shows George how he has touched the lives of others and how different life would be for his wife Mary and his community of Bedford Falls if he had not been born. George realises how important his contribution is. It’s a powerful and positive message. Perhaps that’s one reason it has become a Christmas favourite.

But what’s that got to do with a union? I seem to hear you ask. Well, I often think about George Bailey when I see our Reps going about their work. What would people do if they weren’t there to help them save their jobs, protect them from harassment, overturn unfair decisions or get them the benefits they are entitled to? I think about what would happen if our members weren’t there to stand-up and speak out about issues and injusticies in their workplace. I hope that you, like George come to realise your value to your community and workmates.

As we celebrate the holiday season, we remember those whom we lost during the past year. We are also thinking of those members and employees who are currently struggling with ill health, and I would like to take this opportunity to send them our union’s best wishes.

Wishing you a peaceful Christmas, a happy and safe holiday, and all the very best for the New Year.

In solidarity

Patrick Harrington

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