Thinking about joining the ADI Union
August 18th, 2020
Are you ready to help make much needed changes to our industry, and have your voice heard, while getting all the support and resources required? Then join the first ever ADI branch of ‘Unite the Union’ today, which was officially formed on 4th August 2020.
Why join a union?
As we have learned during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are last on the list of priorities for both the RSA and the government. To get the rights, respect and protection we need as driving instructors, coming together as a union is the best way to achieve our goals.
Why ‘Unite the Union’?
They are a union who work hard campaigning for their members, achieving goals and treating every member with dignity and respect. Unite believes in fighting for a fairer society, in an open and democratic way – every member is equal. They also still give each branch full control over their decisions, meaning we decide what’s right for us, and they support us in our efforts every step of the way. For more information see: https://unitetheunion.org/who-we-are/
How much does it cost, and what do we get for that?
18.65euro per month (less if you work part-time), and we get to keep 7.5% of all fees contributed for whatever we decide to use them for. We also have several union reps, access to meeting rooms and facilities, as well as press officers, legal advice and much more: https://unitetheunion.org/why-join/member-offers-and-benefits/affiliated-services-republic-of-ireland/
Can all ADIs join?
Yes! Whether you work for a school, are a franchisee or self-employed, this union is for you!
Do you have to do anything?
We will organise regular meetings at various locations around Ireland, to make it as accessible as possible for all members. To help make sure we know what your priorities are, we would encourage all members to attend every meeting if possible. Remember, unions are only as strong as their members – so we need and value your input.
What have we been doing?
Since forming, we have been working hard with our union reps, and so far have:
Contacted the RSA, HSE, HSA and a number of TDs and Ministers regarding health & safety protocols for Covid-19, including the issue of ADIs being prohibited from entering RSA test centres. This issue is ongoing but already has resulted in many questions being asked in the Dáil on our behalf, which are now on record: https://www.kildarestreet.com/search/?s=driving+instructor
Pushed for the RSA to extend our ADI Permits, like they have done for driving licences. The RSA are now meeting to discuss this.
Challenged the current issue of testers leaving test candidate’s cars for the
ADIs in Dublin have been hosting weekly protests outside the Finglas RSA Test Centre, and we are aiming for this weekly event to become nationwide.
Gotten media coverage for all these issues.
Launched a public Facebook page, were we post updates and ‘calls to action’: www.facebook.com/UniteADIUnion
Even though our union has only just formed, we have made great progress in uniting ADIs for our common goals, and there has been a tremendous team effort nationwide in making our first steps towards achieving these goals.
What are our long term plans?
Replacing the check test.
Replacing the logbook system.
Reviewing the EDT.
Having a bigger role in improving driver learning and safety.
Being present and recognised at all RSA stakeholder meetings, and being a strong voice for ADIs in the union.
Hosting regular meetings with ADIs all over the country, to take note of any issues and work together to solve any problems.
But that’s just as a start! As a democratic union, every member’s opinions and concerns are valid, and we want to work with you to help solve any issues you are having.
But couldn’t we do all of this for free, under an ‘ADI Federation’?
The ADI Union will support any endeavors taken by fellow ADIs to support each other and improve our industry, but so far nothing else has been set up – and we believe that forming a branch within a union, with all of their expertise and resources, is the best way to achieve our goals while protecting each other and our rights.
Who are on the ADI branch committee, and are these elected members
Yes, all the positions were accepted in a voluntary capacity. Your committee members are:
Chair – Dominic Brophy
Secretary – Darragh Dunne
Equality Officer – Laura Broxson
Treasurer – Rita Kennedy
Auditor – James Mooney
Branch Officers –
Still unsure if a union is right for you?
Just contact us and one of our officers would be delighted to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Ready to join us and make our industry better for ADIs?
Sign up here: https://join.unitetheunion.org/ or download a form here:
Unite ADI Branch
Stop Check Tests
Work in Progress