Each limited-edition action figure is housed in an individually designed box featuring comic artwork bringing the character to life, based on the duties of each of the workers.
- Residential care worker Denise dressed in her uniform and carrying a service tray
- Crossing warden Sandy head-to-toe in fluorescent colours, complete with ‘lollipop’ sign
- Librarian Emma accessorised with a trolley of books
- Refuse worker Richard armed with a mini wheelie bin.
Designed by renowned Marvel artist Will Sliney, the packaging and an accompanying cartoon strip detail how each of the workers, as with so many other council staff – are everyday heroes in their local authority areas.
Crossing warden Sandy Cox said: “It’s absolutely amazing to see myself in action hero form. The figures are so lifelike. Workers like me love what we do, and I’m so proud to make an important contribution to the community.“
UNISON hopes the creation of the action figures will encourage the public to think more about the vital role council workers play in their local communities and appreciate them more.
UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Council staff are incredibly passionate about their roles at the heart of communities. But all too often their contributions are overlooked, which can be frustrating for key workers who just want to do all they can to help others.”
“For many local authority employees, demands are increasing while council budgets are squeezed. Turning them into action heroes is a great way to put the focus on their superhuman efforts.”
Around 1.3 million people work in local government across England and Wales. Councils provide a vast range of services including planning, waste collection, environmental health, libraries, parks, youth work and social care.