Medical trade unions
You are well advised to join one.
- If employed, your employer's interests are very unlikely to always agree with your own.
- Your problem is not likely to be unique, but if you are not a member of a trade union its more likely to feel that way.
- Many speak louder than one.
- Representation by someone who is likely to be more skilled at it than you if there is an employment or disciplinary problem.
- The employing organisation can relatively easily dismiss/ignore a complaint form an individual or even a small group of individuals. It is much harder for the organisation to dismiss/ignore the same issue(s) raised by a trade union.
- A trade union will be familiar with local employment law, contract law and national terms and conditions.
- They are likely to have a role in medical education
- There will be a membership fee
- Larger unions represent the interests of all their members, not a particular subgroup
- Industrial action might harm patients more than inaction
- It may be illegal or ineffective in some jurisdictions
Medical trade unions include: