I don’t think that anyone who heard Helen Kelly, President of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions speak at the TUC recently could have failed to be impressed. There was a great freshness and directness about her delivery and, of course, it’s great to see another national centre being lead by a woman. But it was the subject of her presentation – on the NZCTU’s “Together” programme that really set me thinking. This is a different take on the “community-based” trade unionism championed not just by Unite and Community but also unions like my own CWU, who have always looked to support members and their families at home as well as work, and often when they are out of work as well as employed.
Simon Sapper is National Officer with the Communication Workers Union. He is responsible for CWU’s relations with other unions, CWU Youth, the National Discipline Committee, General Policy Committee, strategy delivery, project management, field development and initiatives and CWU union awards. He also represents the union on/to a number of outside bodies including Liberty and Unions21. Outside of the CWU, Simon is Press Complaints Commissioner, and Chair of the Standards Committee of the local authority where he lives.