From the TUC

Lifting the standard for union campaigns: Creative Unions Manifesto

30 Nov 2009, By

A few months ago, a colleague and I started a new website called Creative Unions. Both of us have worked for years in the trade union movement, as organisers and in campaigns and communications. The thing that we noticed was that there was incredible variety in the professionalism of union campaigns, design and communications. While…

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2010 Organising Academy

25 Nov 2009, By

The new year will bring around 15 new Organising Academy trainees working on placements in and around both the public and private sector.  Organising workers in areas like postal services, teaching, students, civil services and telecoms.  “But aren’t these areas already unionised?”  I hear you ask, the short answer being “Yes!”.  But even these areas which are historically unionised have…

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More on interns

25 Nov 2009, By

In response to my post below, a few people have asked me what unions can do to offer more support for interns. This is, of course, a really good point.  Because no matter how informed a young person might be entering an internship, without an organised workplace and back up from their union, they might…

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Public sector pay cuts in Ireland: unions strike

25 Nov 2009, By

Irish unions are on strike today (25 November) against the government cuts in wages (on top of earlier cuts in pensions) that are designed to bridge the deficit caused by the global economic crisis. A quarter of a million public sector unions are on strike, making it bigger than any strike since the 1970s. Unions…

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TUC Organising Academy and Ruskin Partnership Launch

24 Nov 2009, By

The TUC and Ruskin Council are pleased to invite you to attend the launch celebrating their new partnership at the Ruskin College site, Walton Street, Oxford, OX1 2HE on  Friday 4th December 2009 from 1pm.  All Organising Academy graduates are welcome to attend and join in the celebrations!  Please RSVP to [email protected]

A TUC message for Copenhagen

24 Nov 2009, By

TUC General Secretary, Brendan Barber, speaking on what trade unions want from a Copenhagen deal, and how the transition to a low carbon economy would benefit British workers. From the Government’s ACT ON COPENHAGEN website.

Organising and Campaigning; the how and the WHY

24 Nov 2009, By

I recently had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Marshall Ganz the US organiser who (if you’ve never heard of him) designed the Camp Obama training sessions that played a significant role the successful mobilisation of volunteers during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign last year.  During my meeting, we discussed his belief that unions need…

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