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Spreading the Prospect magic at EDF’s Sizewell B

Louise Staniforth · 28 March 2022

Prospect organiser Louise Staniforth writes about her visit, together with our full-time rep Trevor Sperring, to EDF’s Sizewell B power station on the Suffolk Coast in early March.

Sizewell B power station and view along beach

It was great to finally get to out and about and speak to members and non-members in person at a station we’ve been unable to get to since pandemic. The value for both us and them was clear.

We helped a few members with some live issues and also got a new rep. Reps are crucial to our collective and personal case success and we are always keen to grow our rep base. Get in touch if you are interested.

The positive engagement extended to future events on site, with support from Robert Gunn, the station director, who dropped by for a chat.

We talked about future visits and potential collaboration with the onsite Mental Health First Aiders. Looking after our members is what it is all about.

What we noticed is that members don’t fully use the support or benefits available to them, so our presence there was a good reminder.

You may not always see us… But we are always there for members.

This is a shout out for members to make sure they get in touch with their local rep or check out the Member Guides on the Prospect website, as there’s a lot of supportive information to help.

In addition, through helping members we are able to demonstrate the value of membership, so this message was taken back to be shared among colleagues on site.

It’s been a challenging time with so many changes over the last two years, so being a union member is key.

Next, I’ll be off to Hinkley Point C on 31 March, with my fellow organiser Chris Perry and national secretary Ben Middleton to speak to our members there.

If you’ve colleagues at any EDF location, we hope to get out to you soon. In the meantime, use your membership, take advantage of benefits, and speak to colleagues about joining.

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