General Secretary Report 2019

2019 was another extraordinary and difficult year for Aegis. The Aegis teams have worked tirelessly, with the help of our reps and our members, to deal with the various consultations and changes that our members employers have introduced.

I'd particularly like to thank Fiona Steele, your Deputy General Secretary and your Assistant General Secretaries, Ania Lomax (YBS), Brian McDaid (SBS/Computershare) and Sandra Easson (Aegon/Atos) for the amazing amount of hard graft they put in to help the union succeed last year.

There have also been a number of ‘must do’ activities that have greatly contributed to our successes and workload.

  • Creating and sustaining the vision and the drive to succeed.
  • Developing and implementing a clear strategy and gaining buy in from everyone involved
  • Developing good quality relationships with new employers whilst maintaining the positive relationships with existing employers
  • Building an effective team of full-time officers and a strong, decisive National Council.
  • Embedding Unionlearn in all organisations
  • Training and supporting a vast number of new reps in all branches to cope with the changes and to tackle the issues facing them in the workplace
  • Delivering the benefits we promised to reps, members and employers.

Our objectives for 2020 are listed below:

  • Ensure the long-term financial stability of Aegis without affecting the services we provide to our members.
  • Grow our membership through a consistent approach to recruitment and retention.
  • Create an environment that encourages and supports high performing reps.
  • Actively promote a positive image of Aegis both internally and externally.
  • Improve the communication processes throughout Aegis ensuring all interested parties know what they need to know at the right time.

We have made great progress on all objectives in 2019 along with significantly reducing our overall spend. We are continuing to monitor our costs closely over the current financial year.

I would like to thank everyone involved in helping Aegis achieve its goals and who strive to make Aegis a better union for its members.


Brian Linn

General Secretary

Aegis the Union

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