I find it really weird that Labour MPs join unions. Except for the extra vote they get, there are no other practical, non-political benefits to joining a union. So really it is just some grade A brown nosing.
Can Supervisors be union members?
While anyone has the right to be a union member – it is often up to the union concerned whether or not to accept your membership. Often union membership is linked to the collective bargaining structures within a company. For most private sector unions the question is whether the supervisor has the right to “hire and fire”. Some organisations have employees in roles called Team Leaders as well as Supervisors who are coordinators and facilitators with the team, but do not have the role of hiring and firing. There is usually no issue with such employees being members of a union on site. However this will also come back to the history and culture in that organisation. Some unions may take the approach that supervisors with the management ability to hire and fire would not be signed up. Read more »