From the TUC

Organising tribute in Tribune

11 Sep 2008, By

Heres a good article in Tribune by Brendan Barber – he’s my boss ;-) – assessing union organising efforts over the last 10 years. While he rightly acknowledges that external factors such as new union recognition legislation and (until recently) rising employment have helped unions stabilise membership he also points out that, ‘new laws and increased…

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Organisers of the world unite!

11 Sep 2008, By

Some 90 people packed into the Regents room in the Grand Hotel yesterday lunchtime for the ‘Building Stronger Unions’ fringe meeting. Most people were left standing and the butties were in short supply (we catered for 30!) but the event itself went really well, and all four speakers got a good reception. Arlene Holt-Baker from…

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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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Its a small world

09 Sep 2008, By

Earlier today I went aloing to the Unions21/IPA fringe on global organising. There was a decent mix of speakers and some interesting contributions from the floor – covering everything from how we make Global Framework Agreements meaningful to Nautilus UK’s ongoing merger with its Dutch counterpart. Of course THE big fringe of the week is…

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Home work, Real work, Equal Work

09 Sep 2008, By

Last night I was lucky enough to be asked to speak at the NGH’s fringe meeting on vulnerable workers. The fringe meeting was a good pre-cursor to today’s debate at Congress on vulnerable workers which Carl mentioned in his last post. NGH do a fantstic job of raising the profile of one Britain’s most vulnerable…

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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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Age concern

07 Sep 2008, By

Only 1 in 10 young workers are members of a union, and its this frightening statistic which explains why unions in the UK – after 10 years of relative membership stability – need to step up their efforts to reach out to the ‘lost generation’ of potential union members. Earlier this year the TUC hosted…

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