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Workers unite: it makes good financial sense

Engaging researchers with trade unionism is an enduring challenge for the bodies that seek to represent them, says Paul Noon, the outgoing general secretary of science workers’ union Prospect.

Noon, who has worked at Prospect and its predecessor organisations since 1974, is retiring at the end of the year. In an interview with Research Fortnight, he says that it can be “quite difficult” to engage researchers with professional issues. “We can sometimes hold a pay meeting or something like that and we don’t get a very good turn out because people are more interested in science…they are not motivated by pay,” he says.

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