Sausage rolls brought to you by union organisers
Some really engaging discussions today at the GFTU’s seminar on organising young workers.
Met some great union reps and officers, some of them from the bakers’ union BFAWU who are organising the often low paid, part time and largely female workforce at Gregg’s.
Two young women in particular from Gregg’s described the problems facing organising in that sector but also demonstrated that results can be achieved when its members themselves taking the lead in recruiting and organising and picking the issues to campaign on.
It was also interesting talking to representatives from the community and youth workers section of Unite. Their point was that there’s plenty to be learned from youth work professionals on engaging young people. There’s years of accumulated experience there. Expertise that we haven’t been tapping into enough in the past.
I think some further work with our youth worker colleagues is a must.