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Join Prospect – the trade union for professionals working in sport

7 March 2017

Prospect is a trade union representing over 140,000 members in a variety of industries, including in the sports sector. Our members in this area include football and cricket match officials, grounds staff, administrators and events staff. 

We have been successful in removing the retirement age for football officials, publicly supporting female football match officials subjected to sexism and working closely with Women in Football to improve the prospects of women in football and sport more generally.

What we can do for you? – Our best (starting) 11

1)    Individual Representation

If you ever face difficulty at work, Prospect can advise or represent you. Other than your monthly membership subscription you pay no other fees for advice and support even if we support your case going to a Tribunal. You are effectively insuring one of your most vital assets – your job. 

At Prospect you will be represented by Alan Leighton, Prospect National Secretary. Alan has extensive experience in representing members working in sport including referees, umpires and grounds staff.

2)    Collective Bargaining

Collective bargaining is fundamental to the union movement. This is when a group of employees join together to negotiate their terms and conditions. As a trade union representing 140,000 members Prospect is able to employ expert negotiating staff who can collectively bargain on behalf of, and represent our members. These negotiators are backed up by high quality legal officers, equality and diversity researchers, pension experts and other specialist advisors.

Prospect, for example, has recently completed negotiations with PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) which resulted in Select Group Assistant Referees becoming employees. 

3)    Negotiating on your behalf

Prospect prides itself on representing members who work for relatively small employers, even where the union does not have a collective bargaining agreement with the employer. 

All workers and employees have the right to be accompanied by a union representative at grievance or disciplinary hearings. Even where a union is not formally recognised for negotiating terms and conditions, employers must allow their workers to be accompanied at these meetings.

4)    Defending your rights

Not only do we advise and represent members but we are also a campaigning body. Prospect’s key campaigns include good work and prospect at work

Prospect is not affiliated to any political party. Being politically independent does not mean that Prospect is politically inactive. In fact, our independence enables us to lobby with credibility in all quarters. 

5)    Breaking down barriers

Prospect works across our employers to combat unconscious bias in male dominated industries. We think it is important to break down these barriers early on so we have worked with schools to broaden the career aspirations of young girls. See our video here.   

These campaigns are spearheaded by our Prospect Pioneers – could you be one too?

6)    Fighting Discrimination

Prospect is committed to fighting for equality of opportunity for women both in the workplace and within society generally. We believe in a better working life for women. Find out more here

7)    Equalities Networks

Women in Football is a great example of how networking and sharing experiences can make a difference.Prospect is a believer in this too. Find out more about our equalities networks here.

8)    Member Benefits

As well as giving work-related advice and support, Prospect provides services that can help you make the most of your money and offset your subscription costs.  Find out more about our member services

9)    Legal Helpline

Prospect has a 24-hour telephone LegalLine which gives free initial legal advice on a range of non-employment legal issues.

10)    Defamation

Prospect has a free defamation advice service, offering initial advice on defamation matters.  In the past, we have previously provided detailed advice and assistance for our referee members to challenge unfair comments in the media.

11)    Careers Advice

Careersmart is Prospect bespoke careers guidance website for professionals. It covers a range of subjects, from progressing your career to pensions, self-employment and CV writing.  

If you still need convincing see our 10 good reasons to join Prospect and join us today!

 

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