Mad Studies Xtra: State Of The Union
Lived Experience Professionals everywhere have long been raising the issue of a bespoke union for people working in Lived Experience posts. We have needed help with unique issues and types of discrimination not recognised or faced by our non-LXP colleagues. Mad Studies Birmingham have hosted conversations where LXPs have described many cases of existing unions not helping them when they have needed it most. They seemed to have either not understood, been unable or unwilling to assist us when we have needed them most. Setting up our own union is a legal and logistical behemoth - one that will take huge resources in terms of time and funding. So can the unions do anything to improve their offering? Unison's Nursing & MidwiferyOccupational Group will be putting forward a motion to improve recognition and reward for lived experience workers at the union's annual health conference. You can read the motion here: https://lxprevolution.co.uk/2022/04/04/unison-to-raise-an-lxp-motion-at-april-conference/ Join Mick McKeown, who works at the national level of Unison, to discuss this important development. Tamar and Mick are both attending this year's health conference, and do their best to share the points made in the discussion when responding to the motion as conference delegates.