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  1. Learning is a powerful tool

    Learning is a powerful toolArticle by Simon Walker Having the resources and opportunity to educate their membership is one of the most powerful tools that a trade union possesses. Education can transform lives, open up a mass of opportunity and upskill and develop our members. It can turn low moral low productivity and low rewarding workplaces into, good positive places to work. It can reduce bullying in the workplace and reduce disciplinary cases. It does this because the majority of bullying is based on ignorance and most disciplinary cases either stem from lack of training or failure to understand, learning combats both. I can give myself as example to the opportunities that arise from workplace education and trade union support, in 1979 I left school at 16 with 6 CSE’s at average grades (CSE is below GCSE standard) I had numerous jobs from failing an apprenticeship with British Rail to working on a building site and also working in a supermarket. In 1981 I was offered a job at Royal Mail in 1983 I got involved with the union and my journey started there. Because of the effort placed into workplace learning and education by my union I went from delivery driver a job I loved, to lecturer at several colleges including one in the Oxford circle (Ruskin) teaching employment law diploma to qualified teachers. Now I am working with URTU where I can help others have their own journey. But in order to make sure that we make the...
  2. Learning the Hard Way

    Learning the hard way By Jim Thomas When I was first appointed as the Night Shift Shop Steward for the XPO Stone Site.  Which deals with the Sainsbury contract, I asked other colleagues on the other shift to help me keep in contact with all the guys.  The depot works 7 days a week and it is impossible for one person to try and keep in contact with all the troops.  From the people I asked a few came back to me saying they would prefer not to be involved as their reading and writing skills were not that good and they felt that they did not have the confidence.
  3. Making it happen for shift workers at Stone

    Facing up to possible site closures and redundancies is never easy. The XPO site in Stone is facing potential closure in early 2019.  Experienced URTU ULR Jim Thomas knew that many of his fellow workmates could face uncertain futures without support to help them face a changing job market.    Jim has found excellent support at his workplace and he and Kristy Suen and her colleagues from HR on site have been just as keen as Jim to support staff.

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  1. Learning is a powerful tool

    Learning is a powerful toolArticle by Simon Walker Having the resources and opportunity to educate their membership is one of the most powerful tools that a trade union possesses. Education can transform lives, open up a mass of opportunity and upskill and develop our members. It can turn low moral...
  2. Learning the Hard Way

    Learning the hard way By Jim Thomas When I was first appointed as the Night Shift Shop Steward for the XPO Stone Site.  Which deals with the Sainsbury contract, I asked other colleagues on the other shift to help me keep in contact with all the guys.  The depot works...

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