From the TUC

Help us build stronger unions

09 May 2008, By

In the next few weeks the TUC’s Organising Academy will start its recruitment process for new Academy organisers. We are looking for committed and enthusiastic people who want to help union efforts to go out and organise the next generation of union members and activists. Applicants should ideally have a proven track record of organising…

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10 years on – and looking forward

02 May 2008, By

Ten years ago I was one of the first trainee organisers to join the TUC Organising Academy, working with BIFU the finance union. The union has gone (first to become part of UNIFI, then AMICUS and now UNITE) but the Organising Academy is still going strong On October 14 the TUC is hosting an event…

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Unite member goes undercover to expose agency failings

01 May 2008, By

Interesting link here to an article about agency working based around the 6-week diary of a Unite member who went ‘undercover’ to find out the reality of working for an employment agency. ‘His time as an agency worker revealed a shadowy and insecure world of work where no national insurance was paid, contracts of work…

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Reps on May Day

01 May 2008, By

Tonight the organising team will be hosting a discussion in SecondLife on reps and facilities time. If you’d like to join us click here for more information. The event is just one element of a range of activity taking place on Union Island to mark May Day. Hope you can join us!




Leading Organising

29 Apr 2008, By

Tonight we had the first informal meeting of the TUC’s ‘Leading Organising’ network, bringing together heads of organising from unions including Unison, GMB, PCS, NUT and the CSP. Our aim is to pull together this group every couple of months or so to share ideas and experience. The meetings are open to everyone with a…

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Unions celebrate May Day in virtual world

28 Apr 2008, By

May Day (Thursday 1 May) sees the launch of Union Island, an innovative new trade union project to build a home for unions and activists in the virtual world Second Lifeā„¢. Union Island will host the first ever virtual May Day, a day of training, networking and celebration to bring activists from the global union…

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Organising in Ireland

28 Apr 2008, By

Last week I spoke about the organising challenge in the UK to the Biennial conference of Mandate, the union for bar and retail workers in Ireland. Its the second event I’ve spoken at in Ireland during the last few weeks. The first was an event hosted by the NCI looking at prospects for union growth…

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Organising Academy Training

15 Apr 2008, By

As part of the development of the training programme, we are piloting two new courses during week commencing 12th May. The course outlines will be available on the TUC website www.tuc.org.uk/organisation from Friday of this week. To register your interest for either Organising Negotiations or CAC Procedures, can you please complete and return the form…

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