I was over in Dublin yesterday representing the TUC Organising team at an event organised by Union Learning Skillnet a network created by three Irish unions – IMPACT, TEEU and SIPTU – aimed at developing the skills of members in the workplace. This particular conference looked at how this work could contribute towards efforts by unions in Ireland to organise and build stronger unions.
I had been asked to speak about the link between training and organising in the UK – specifically the Organising Academy and the Activist Academy. Also speaking where David Begg, General Secretary of the ICTU, Liz Smith, Director of unionlearn, Christine Hardacre a Regional Director with Community Trade Union and Michael Crosby who works for SEIU as their Global Partnerships Director.
The event was a continuation of the relationship that the TUC has with both the ICTU and unions in Ireland. Irish unions have nominated attendees for the TUC’s Leading Change programme and both Liz Blackshaw and I have recently trained reps from Mandate Trade Union.