TUC Congress Fringe Reaching Out Organising Young Workers
I was pleased to attend the above fringe event at TUC annual Congress this week, it really demonstrated the commitment at the most senior level of trade unions to the challenge of engaging the youth of tomorrow. The event was well attended with over eighty people, most of whom were young (and some of whom were a not so young), In fact we laughed for a bit about the Thatcher generation and somebody said that they were from the Churchill generation .. regardless we heard from one of the youngest Deputy General Secretary’s within the trade unions movement, Michelle Stanistreet of the NUJ about the challenges faced by young journalists, often on temporary contracts, working as agency workers or on individually negotiated salaries. Mark Sewatka General Secretary of PCS, whose strong words and soft temperament convincingly talked of the need for trade union structures to be more open to young people, he said that this may involve change and as a trade union movement we must be open to constructive criticism from young people wishing to progress within the trade union structures. There was an overall agreement for more national campaigns to support young people especially in the current climate, and around the minimum wage and unemployment.
The event saw the awards for the TUC 60 Second Ad Challenge, a video of the highly commended and the winners can be viewed at Winners.
We were pleased to welcome our youngest winners of the 60 Second Challenge to the awards: James, Rubie, Sean and Bridie of Chesterfield High School in Crosby (see picture below), as well as our Unity Trust Bank sponsors.