From the TUC

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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Union membership: stable, but not growing

31 Jul 2008, By

FT article here (you’ll need to register) which reports on the latest LFS membership stats which show a slight decline in union density. The report comes on the back of figures released recently by both the TUC and the Certification Officer which flagged small increases in membership. It looks basically like union membership is again…

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More Tolpuddle videos

29 Jul 2008, By

You can view the rest of the videos from the organising session at Tolpuddle on the Stronger Unions Youtube channel here. If you’ve got any organising related videos you’d like uploaded to this channel, then send us a message via the web-site.




‘Don’t Mourn, Organise!’

25 Jul 2008, By

As reported earlier on this bog, I spent last weekend at Tolpuddle, and had the good fortune to be asked to speak in the Martyrs Marquee about the future of organising. Here’s Michael Crosby, who spoke in that session as well, talking about the challenges faced by workers attempting to organise around the world.




Light Some Fires! – Tolpuddle 2008

22 Jul 2008, By

Along with Paul Nowak, our partners, kids and thousands of other trade unionists I spent the weekend at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival.  Amongst the highlights of the festival which for me were the march, the wreath laying at the grave of James Hammet and the generally good vibe (sorry!), was a session in the Martyrs Marquee on…

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