Political independence, Ryanair, asbestos case win and more

Political independence, Ryanair, asbestos case win and more

Your monthly round-up of Prospect news, information, blogs and events

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Influential, independent – putting members first

Mike Clancy

Often when I am visiting Prospect members in workplaces or at events, I am asked about Prospect’s political affiliation. Many people think all unions are part of the Labour Party.

Prospect is not. We are proud to be an independent union. That doesn’t mean we don’t campaign – but everything we do is based on putting members first.

Currently, we are campaigning for an end of the 1% pay cap and decent investment in public services, in the Brexit debate to ensure our members interests are protected

in negotiations, and in all workplaces for equality and good work. If there’s a particular priority you want us to focus on in your workplace, please speak to your local rep, your full-time Prospect officer, or email me directly. Our role is always to be your expert and independent voice at work.

Please spread the word among your colleagues that we put our members’ interests above all else, and ask non-members to join. The more members we have in every workplace in the UK, the stronger our voice to speak on your behalf.

Sue Ferns
Prospect deputy general secretary



Justice at last – asbestos win for engineer’s widow

Prospect has won compensation for the widow of a retired engineer who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in July 2016 and died in May this year.

Unfortunately, Sam Pedder died before the case was heard but with the support of Prospect and our legal team, his widow Gillian brought the claim to trial and achieved a settlement that went some way to achieving Sam’s aims.

Ryanair can’t have its cake and eat it, says Prospect

It’s no use Ryanair calling for the resilience of air traffic control to be improved unless it’s prepared to pay for the staffing levels required, Prospect has argued. The airline has insisted on cutting the amount it contributes.

Members support Pride events – join our LGBT+ network

Prospect has been supporting members in the LGBT+ community this summer by taking part in Pride events across the UK. 

Our LGBT+ network provides a provide a safe space for LGBT+ members to share issues, experiences and best practice at work. You don’t have to be LGBT+ to join – anyone who cares about making their workplace more inclusive is welcome. Email [email protected].


Pensions: What could Brexit mean for your pension?

Marine week: Three scientist members who study and protect our seas blog about their jobs and their passion, including Marine Scotland’s Sarah Hughes

Find all our blogs here.


  • Prospect Young Professionals Network is holding its annual forum from Saturday 11 November to Sunday 12 November at the People’s History Museum in Manchester. It’s open to all members aged 30 and under. Email [email protected] or call Jordan Stapleton 07595 204 500 for a registration form.
  • Prospect will be responding to the Migration Advisory Committee consultation on European Economic Area workers in the UK labour market. Email any comments to [email protected] by Tuesday 3 October.
  • Regular voluntary overtime payments should be included when calculating holiday pay, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled – download a Prospect briefing.


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