The latest UWU blog is by Jayne Love (she/her), Organiser at the Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union (PDAU). As part of her role as Organiser, Jayne leads on equalities, and in particular coordinates the women’s and LGBT+ networks. Here, she provides some tips specifically around LGBT+ Organising. Understand the sector you are working in Prior to … Continue reading Tips on LGBT+ Organising – Part 1
Public event: Arise! Power, strategy and union resurgence
We're excited to announce that UWU will be hosting a free online seminar open to members and the general public. Prof Jane Holgate, (Professor of Work and Employment Relations, University of Leeds Business School) will discuss themes from her book, Arise and the important lessons for the future of trade unionism. Register now Seminar title: … Continue reading Public event: Arise! Power, strategy and union resurgence
NEU branch members back industrial action in a consultative ballot over pension cuts
In a recent consultative ballot, UWU members at National Education Union (NEU) strongly supported strike action and action short of a strike over pension cuts being imposed by NEU bosses Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted. Despite our calls to pause the statutory consultation and to negotiate members’ reasonable demands, the NEU is set to impose … Continue reading NEU branch members back industrial action in a consultative ballot over pension cuts
Building the union for positive change and member education update
Butting heads It was inevitable. The bigger and more influential our union grows, the greater the push back will be. As some members know; the UWU received numerous member complaints following a speight of online attacks against our union just a few weeks ago. These attacks were unfounded, unreasonable and unprovoked. Worse still, these attacks … Continue reading Building the union for positive change and member education update
LabourList: Why an independent union for paid trade union staff is needed
UWU General Secretary, Chris Musgrave spoke with LabourList on why an independent union for paid trade union staff is needed. Discover more about the founding of the UWU, and more by reading the interview. Read the interview on LabourList
Press release: Union legal challenge to Exeter City Council over Covid pay
The Union Workers’ Union (UWU), has filed employment tribunal proceedings against Exeter City Council (ECC) following a dispute over furlough pay for some of its lowest-paid part-time workers. ECC furloughed numerous staff in March 2020 as a result of the pandemic. ECC advised workers they would be paid until the end of the scheme or … Continue reading Press release: Union legal challenge to Exeter City Council over Covid pay
Member feedback, new training courses and are our workplaces really ‘Covid Secure’?
Members speak! Following our very first all-member survey, 27% of members responded with your thoughts on the development of the union is the months ahead. Highlights as follows: 64% of responders would prefer a more direct democracy going forward;Legal cover, effective campaigns & bargaining were voted as the top 3 asks; 96% want to see a … Continue reading Member feedback, new training courses and are our workplaces really ‘Covid Secure’?
Press release: Investigation into sexual harassment within GMB union
For immediate release The Union Workers’ Union (UWU), the recently formed union for staff of trade unions, has reacted with shock but not surprise following the publication of the damming report by Karon Monaghan QC into sexual harassment within GMB. UWU Vice President Kay Nicholls said: “Our members work in unions across the UK and … Continue reading Press release: Investigation into sexual harassment within GMB union
Summer roundup – get involved in your union
Roaring recognition Another month, another recognition agreement. We are delighted to announce we have an agreement in principle with the newly formed Criminal Justice Workers Union. We look forward to a long a productive relationship over the years ahead. Winning on casework We've been picking up increasing amounts of casework in recent months. With the support … Continue reading Summer roundup – get involved in your union
Our first recognition agreement is signed and all member meeting is this July
Recognition It's been another exciting month for the UWU, we continue to grow and now have members in 18 different unions and 7 associated employers. Building on this success, we've now signed our very first recognition agreement with the trade union education provider the RED Learning Cooperative. This development marks an important point in our development as the … Continue reading Our first recognition agreement is signed and all member meeting is this July
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