Name: Dougie Harvey
Where do you work?: Temporary area operations manager, Hillend and Danderhall
Role on Committee: Lifelong learning representative
What does that involve?: I look at bringing in or putting on courses for our members’ benefit. These might be courses or experiences that will help people get to where they want to go in their work or at home.
How long have you been involved in unions? I became a shop steward about four years ago but I’ve been in the trade union since 1993. My dad was an ex-miner and it was part of our lives.
Why did you join the union? Being able to have a say in your workplace is really important and being part of the union is a way of getting some reassurance about your job and where you work.
What do you get out of it? I like to see people better themselves and upskill themselves just as I did. I got to my current role through lifelong learning and want to be part of helping others do the same. Sometimes the biggest barrier can be people not believing they can learn. I get satisfaction from helping people get past that barrier and showing them there’s lots of resources around to help them learn if they just look up and see the help that’s on offer.
Why should other people get involved? Unions help you get the opportunities you might need to go to places where you might think you could never go.