Unions responding to change
Had a great morning at the TUC, where unions gathered to look at the impacts of the Union Modernisation Fund over the last five years.
Change in any organisation can be a painful process but what struck me at the event today was the real energy and appetite there was for having a proper look at what our unions are doing, how they represent, include and empower their members and the best ways to adapt and change to improve things.
And, yes, change has come and real progress made in a number of unions. The CWU’s youth empowerment strategy and the NUT ‘Hearth’ project are just two dynamic ways unions have improved resources and given a voice to previously excluded members.
For some more information on UMF projects, check out this report we have just jointly published with BIS.
Another thing that is striking is what a productive and value for money government initiative this has been. For very little outlay, the government has enabled unions to improve services to potentially millions of members, enhancing the positive role that unions play in the workplace and supporting thousands of businesses across the UK.
If only some of the short sighted snipers among Tory ranks could remove their prejudices for a minute to grasp this.