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Fringe highlights on YouTube

15 Sep 2008, By

For those who couldn’t get to the Building Stronger Unions fringe meeting at Congress this year, the Stronger Unions YouTube channel now contains highlights from each of the speakers; Arlene Holt-Baker of the AFL-CIO Paddy Lillis, USDAW Deputy General Secretary Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary Mark Serwotka, PCS Generaol Secretary  

Spies (are now) Like Us!

15 Sep 2008, By

I’ve given many presentations in which I’ve stressed the need for unions to break into new sectors of the economy and organise the previously un-organised.  I have to be honest though and say that I never had members of MI5 in mind, but the FDA, the union that represents top civil servants has won the…

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Another merger?

12 Sep 2008, By

The evidence that union mergers make (the new) unions more effective and create additional resources for organising and recruitment is not (yet!) as convincing as the case to be made for individual unions with shared interests working together more closely. This post on the blog of Jon Rogers, Unison National Executive member comments on the potential…

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Congress flying visit

11 Sep 2008, By

Just back in the office after a brief but hectic visit to Congress.  I had three meetings with unions – the FBU, Equity and GMB – about the Activist Academy, caught up with the teachers unions – with whom the Organising and Recruitment Team has done a lot of work over the last three years – at the…

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Us and the Tories

08 Sep 2008, By

Congress get under way today and lurking in the shadows will be the Conservative Party’s envoy to the Trade Union movement – Richard Balfe (who was once a union officer and Labour MEP until 2001 when he defected and joined the Tories).   Mr Balfe’s remit is to develop “trust and understanding” between the Conservative Party…

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New Unionism Network

08 Sep 2008, By

The New Unionsim Network is a great resource and source of information for organisers and for a change manages to approach all things trade union in a refreshingly “un-stuffy” way.  Below is a bit of blurb from the site with a link of how you can sign up.  New Unionism is an approach being developed by unions…

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Suppporting reps to build stronger unions

01 Sep 2008, By

Their are over 200,000 trade union reps and activists in the UK and for the members in the workplaces in which they are active it is they, not union General Secretarys or full-time officers who are the face of the union.  Reps and the work that they do are vital to both the interests of their members…

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