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Union Recruitment Drive goes National on 11 November

NFU Scotland will be rolling out a national recruitment day this Friday (11 November) that will see staff and officeholders out recruiting new members on farms and crofts from Orkney to Wigtownshire and Islay to Aberdeenshire. 

As well as strengthening the membership of NFUS, the Union will make a donation on behalf of every new member recruited to the armed forces veterans’ charity Erskine House in recognition of Armistice Day.

The 30 or more recruiting teams will be made up of officeholders, Union members, head office and regional staff and group secretaries.

The Union’s President Nigel Miller will be recruiting in Highland region while Vice President Allan Bowie will be in Ayrshire and his fellow VP John Picken will be on Islay.  NFUS Chief Executive Scott Walker will be meeting potential members on Tayside with staff, members and secretaries out on recruitment duties in all of the Union’s regions – Forth & Clyde, Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Argyll & the Islands, East Central, Lothian & Borders, Highland, North East, Orkney & Shetland.

NFU Scotland’s Commercial and Operations Director Alison Gillespie said:

“NFUS is the voice of Scottish agriculture and our strength is firmly rooted in our membership base, covering every corner of Scotland and every sector of the industry.  Being a member is not about leaving the fight for the future of our industry to others but being part of a growing organisation that works round the clock on behalf of Scottish farmers and crofters.

“The fact that we continue to represent the majority of those farming in Scotland today means that when it comes to giving the views of our members, we are regarded as the leading representative body - whether we are lobbying in Holyrood, Westminster or Brussels.

“The Union has a great story to tell and a great package to offer to new and existing members by way of support and representation both at a local and a national level.  A lot of hard work has seen NFU Scotland membership increase in recent years.  We do not take that ongoing support for granted and this recruitment day will hopefully help secure another year of rising membership at NFUS.

“While our Group Secretary network and Regional Membership team remain our frontline when it comes to recruiting and retaining members and dealing with enquiries, this recruitment day will involve a lot of our farmer members – officeholders, commodity committee chairmen and regional chairmen. 

“It will also see head office staff from Ingliston get out and about around Scotland, meeting potential members, hearing the issues, highlighting the work of the Union and hopefully getting new members to sign up on the dotted line. 

“Given that our national recruitment day is taking place on Armistice Day, NFU Scotland and NFU Mutual think it appropriate to make a £25 donation per new member recruited on the day to the armed forces veterans’ charity Erskine House.  With the strong links between farming and the armed services, we think that would be a fitting gesture.” 

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Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

 

 

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News Article No.: 175/11


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