From the TUC

A good day for vulnerable workers

20 May 2008, By

Just got back from a visit by Pat McFadden, Minister for Employment Relations, to the TUC’s vulnerable workers pilot project in east London. The project is supporting workers in the cleaning and building service sector in the City of London and Canary Wharf, and a key element of the visit was an opportunity for the…

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Going to an Organising Academy Development Centre?

19 May 2008, By

Are you going along to one of this year’s TUC Organising Academy Development Centres?   Are you wondering what exactly will happen during the Development Centre?  Do you have any questions that you’d welcome the opportunity to have answered before you arrive? If you’ve answered YES to any of the above then the TUC’s Organising…

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Unions and t’internet

15 May 2008, By

Good article here from the Guardian setting out how unions are using the web to support their broader organising and campaigning work. The article quotes John Wood, the TUC’s new media officer, who is doing a lot to help unions and the technically-challenged like me to try and work out how best we can use web 2.0 (I…

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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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