From the TUC

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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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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Its September, its Brighton, it must be Congress!

11 Aug 2008, By

In the second week of September unions will (once again) descend upon Brighton for Congress 2008. It feels like Congress has been held in Brighton forever (in fact this is the 5th year on the trot the event has been held in the south coast resort) – but delegates can look forward to something a little bit…

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First unions sign up to support the Activist Academy

06 Aug 2008, By

The first group of unions have signed up to support the TUC’s Activist Academy.  The Activist Academy is a new initiative from the TUC, supported by unionlearn that aims to increase the skills and participation of union reps and activists in campaigning, organising and recruitment activity. The Activist Academy will be formally launched at Congress…

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