Post-pandemic ‘Back to work’ training programme launched by Unite Wednesday 15 July 2020

 

 

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Post-pandemic ‘Back to work’ training programme launched by Unite Wednesday 15 July 2020

Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, is launching tomorrow (Thursday 16 July) its largest-ever training initiative to ensure that its members, whose jobs have been lost or threatened by the coronavirus pandemic, have the necessary skills to return to the workplace.

Unite has teamed up with internet platform Vimeo to provide a portal called MC2 which has more than 100 accredited courses available for the union’s 1.4 million members.

For £4-a-month, a Unite member and up to six additional users can exclusively access courses that dovetail with an individual’s training needs and MC2 will also match a person’s work profile to available jobs.

Unite director of education Jim Mowatt said: “The UK is facing the biggest economic crisis for three centuries because of Covid-19 – and a serious recession is very much on the cards with unemployment rates possibly rising to nine per cent.

“The jobs of tens of thousands of our members are under threat because of the slump in demand in the economy and as the furlough scheme tapers off in the autumn. There are also non-Covid-19 factors, such as the onward march of automation, that have to be taken into account.

“In a response to the crisis, Unite has created its most comprehensive training programme ever for our members, as well as for their families and friends, in the UK and Ireland who can now access more than 100 courses, tailored to their particular industry and trade, to enhance their skills.

“With the spectre of mass unemployment looming large on the horizon, we need to intervene to provide our membership with the edge they require to secure a better future for themselves and their families.

“This educational ‘passport’ will enable them to require the best possible skill-set to return to the world of work – and play their part in kick-starting the post-pandemic UK economy.

“The MC2 platform will also match an individual’s profile to available jobs – real opportunities that will help our members get back on their feet.

“The unique selling point of MC2 is that it provides vocational courses, qualifications and securing jobs all under one ‘internet roof’ which  complements the Unite education programme – the biggest adult education programme in the UK which has always been free to our members.

“Unite is committed to doing everything possible to assist our members and their families through the economic trauma we are currently experiencing – and we urge our members to take up the myriad of accredited courses on offer.

“For the price of a posh coffee each month, a Unite member and up to six additional family members and friends can open up exciting employment horizons for a new future, so they can be the best trained and skilled workers in the country.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

MC2 launch video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkrJbe3XnBM&t=12s

Unite will be asking its branches to pay the £4-a-month fee for members who wish to utilise the MC2 platform.

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065.

Please note the numbers above are for journalists’ enquiries only.

Email: shaun.noble@unitetheunion.org

Twitter: @unitetheunion Facebook: unitetheunion1 Web: unitetheunion.org

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

 

 

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Unite National Executive Council Results 2020

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Unite National Executive Council Results 2020

The Unite Executive Council election closed on 18th June 2020. Following receipt of the results by the outgoing Executive Council the following people below were declared elected. The new Executive Council took office on 22nd June 2020 and will hold office until 30th April 2023. The Scrutineers’ report of voting can be found here.

 

Unite Executive Council – 2020-2023

Regional constituencies

East Midlands Steve Hibbert & June Shepherd
Ireland Marie Casey & Noel Gibson
London and Eastern David Agbley, Richard Allday, Zimeon Jones & Monica Sorice
North East, Yorkshire and Humberside Michelle Smith; Andrew Dyer
North West Mary Callaghan & Tony Woodhouse
Scotland Eddie Cassidy & Helen McFarlane
South East Hayley Garner& Dominic Rothwell
South West Jayne Taylor & Chris Young
Wales Wendy Gilligan & Kerry Owens
West Midlands Julian Allam,  Maggie Ryan & Nick Wareing

 

Industrial sector constituencies

Automotive Industries John Cooper & Ken Smith
Aerospace & Shipbuilding Mick Darlington & Tam Mitchell
Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Process and Textiles Cliff Bowen
Civil Air Transport Jas Gill, Trudi Lanigan & Nigel Stott
Community Youth workers and not for profit Ruth Hayes
Docks, Rail, Ferries & Waterways Andy Green
Education Ken Drury
Energy and Utilities Tim Davison
Engineering, Manufacturing and Steel Gary Buchan & Tony Pearson
Finance and Legal Jacob Goddard & Fiona Tatem
Food Drink and Agriculture Debi Bell and Matt Gould
Government, Defence, Prisons & Contractors Chris Cadman
Graphical Paper and Media & Information Technology Tom Murphy
Health Suzanne Abachor,  Lesley Mansell & Steve Thompson
Local Authorities Lisa Colquhoun & Kathy Smith
Passenger Transport Nigel Atkinson, Patricia Davies & Simon Rosenthal
Road Transport Commercial, Logistics and Retail Distribution Mick Casey & Dave Williams
Service Industries Howard Percival
Unite Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians Frank Morris & Tony Seaman

 

National constituencies

National Black and Asian ethnic minority seat Susan Matthews
National women’s’ seat Jane Stewart
National disabled members seat vacant – by-election required
National LGBT+ members seat Jenny Douglas
National Retired members seat Phil Wiseman
National Young members seat James Mason

 

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“Don’t flock to Durham on what would have been Gala day” – Durham Miners

 

 

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2020 Durhams miners gala

may have been cancelled due to #COVID19 but as trade unionists we’ll still stand shoulder to shoulder in celebration.

 

Join the Big Meeting online this Saturday, from 1pm: bit.ly/3got5Rm #DurhamMinersGala

 

“Don’t flock to Durham on what would have been Gala day” – Durham Miners

 

The Durham Miners Association (DMA) is asking people not to flock to the city on what would have been Gala day.

The 136th Durham Miners Gala was due to take place this Saturday, 11 July. The event was cancelled in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The DMA took the decision to cancel in the early days of the pandemic to relieve pressure on public services in the run up to the event, which attracts more than 200,000 people.

An online celebration will mark the day and people are encouraged to enjoy the digital celebrations at home.

With pubs reopening last weekend, the DMA is concerned that people may travel to Durham to mark what would have been Gala day.

DMA Secretary Alan Mardghum said: “We understand that people will be tempted, particularly with the reopening of pubs, to come into Durham with friends as they do each year. If people do so in large numbers, it will put pressure on our public service workers at a time they most need our support. I ask everyone who loves the Gala to act in the spirit of the day, and to continue to do their bit for our community.

“The Gala will be back next year for its 150th anniversary. We will do all we can to ensure that it is the biggest and best Gala to date. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Durham in 2021. Until then, stay safe, and take care.”

Saturday will be marked online with a series of new content celebrating the spirit and values of the event.

The centrepiece of the day will be a live online event streamed to Facebook and YouTube at 1pm.

The day is titled ‘The Second Saturday in July’ – the day on which the Gala is held each year.

Supporters of the Gala are also encouraged to use social media to post their own messages and favourite photos from attending the Gala throughout the day, using the hashtag #DurhamMinersGala.

For more than a century, the Gala was funded by the working miners of the Durham coalfield. Following the closure of the collieries, the Friends of Durham Miners’ Gala was established to ensure the survival of the event. Those who contribute through subscription are known as ‘Marras’, a Durham miners’ term for a workmate or friend who can be relied upon in times of need. Join the Marras here.

The Second Saturday in July will take place on Saturday 11 July. The live event will begin at 1pm on Facebook and YouTube.

Coronavirus Work Rights | UK Advice for Coronavirus from Unite

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Coronavirus Work Rights | UK Advice for Coronavirus from Unite

Last updated: 8 July 2020, 19:30

Check the latest information regarding Coronavirus work rights, as well as government updates on UK advice for Coronavirus.  PLEASE NOTE: Government, public health and other official advice and guidance on COVID-19 is changing on a daily basis.

This update was accurate at the time of writing, but the first port of call for public health guidance on Coronavirus should be Public Health England, Public Health Agency (NI), NHS Scotland and/or Public Health Wales. Daily government updates for the public can be accessed here.

Main Unite guidance

Please also see all the following Unite coronavirus work and employment rights’ guides:

 

 

 

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Check the official government issued guidance on support for workers, public services and businesses related to Coronavirus Employment Rights, while the government’s critical workers list is here (scroll down to see the full list of Coronavirus response critical sectors and essential workers).

Below is a list of frequently asked questions tailored by Unite’s legal department to quickly access a broad range of information and resources on Coronavirus-related issues, including support measures provided by the union and advice on employment rights. This includes advice and guidance on the new Coronavirus job retention scheme and the self-employed scheme.

Howard Beckett – assistant general secretary, political & legal affairs

 

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Have a voice, take action and make change happen.  Join the union today!

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1. Complete the Join Online form

Complete the simple form with your personal information and current job details, if applicable.

2. Find out the cost of your membership

The online application will work out your monthly membership fee based on the information you give us. *

3. Set up a direct debit

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* The online application will calculate your joining fee prior to any payment being requested.

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Unite – Here for you Issue #12 Because you deserve better

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Issue 12
Campaigning for jobs
Sector deal demands

Unite continues to press the Treasury and BEIS for sector deals, including focussed extensions to the Job Retention Scheme at least until 2021, and for an industrial strategy to recover and rebuild the economy out of this crisis. We have met again with chancellor Rishi Sunak and business secretary Alok Sharma, who listened to our arguments about the need for immediate action to save jobs, and for long-term investment support.

However, the government has so far refused to provide sector specific support or to extend the furlough scheme beyond October, which would prevent the tsunami of job losses that we fear.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey responded to the prime minister’s “build, build, build” speech in Dudley this week by saying a “bridge” to the new economy was urgently needed to avert a jobs abyss.
“Do not abandon working people now, in their hour of need”: read Len’s Daily Mirror article, calling for a JRS extension, here on UNITElive
Don’t abandon UK Aerospace

Our campaign for support for the aerospace industry launched this week. Please ask your MP to help keep UK aerospace world leading by using their influence to persuade ministers to support a comprehensive financial package for UK aerospace to prevent tens of thousands more highly skilled jobs and quality apprenticeships being lost.

France and Germany have stepped up to protect aerospace. The UK government must do the same.

You can use the form and model letter on the aerospace campaign page here

Flying into the future
Meanwhile we continue to press for sector specific support for aviation, which was the first hit and among the worst hit sectors by coronavirus, using our Blueprint for Aviation strategy as the basis of what we expect.
Find out more about the campaign and how you can get involved here

Alongside that, the British Airways legal and crisis leverage campaigns continue to shine the spotlight on BA’s betrayal of its loyal workforce.

Write to your MP asking them to sign our pledge to strip BA of its lucrative landing slots if they don’t step back.

Read more

Keeping you safe 
Updated COVID19 guidance

Unite’s health and safety team has updated the guidance for officers and reps on our specialist COVID-19 web pages.

We also have a new social distancing policy setting out employers’ responsibilities and how they must work with trade union safety reps to assist with the safe opening of workplaces.

Access all our guidance here

COVID19 personal injury advice line
Unite has set up a specialist legal team to advise and represent members who have suffered injury as a result of Covid-19.
If you have suffered injury from developing Covid-19 or have tragically lost a family member to the condition, then please call Unite’s Covid-19 personal injury team on 020 8799 4023.
Meat industry reform call 

Unite has called on ministers and industry to commit to a root and branch reform of the meat processing sector. The dire working conditions, low pay and insecure employment that blight the industry and have now come back to bite the nation’s efforts to defeat the coronavirus, must be addressed.

Read more

Action and events online
Happy birthday NHS
The NHS is 72 years old on Sunday, and some of our health sector members have recorded birthday messages and talk about their hopes and fear for the service’s future. Watch them here.
We’ve warned of the irony of weeks of clapping and warm words from ministers for dedicated NHS workers when the government is now increasing the risk of demands on ambulance and A&E departments by opening pubs in England the day before we should all be celebrating our health service. The prime minister must be held to account for his “gung-ho mixed messaging”. Social distancing remains vital.
Why BAEM workers should be trade unionists
Our Facebook Live event on Tuesday was an opportunity to discuss what further steps Unite must take to ensure BAEM workers join trade unions and that their voices are heard and acted on and what needs to be done to achieve representation of BAEM members throughout our structures.
Thank you to our brilliant panel of speakers and all those who joined in to ask questions.
You can watch it again here
Festival fun
The Durham Miners Gala and Tolpuddle festivals were never going to be silenced by Covid-19. Both events, which are annual landmarks in the trade union calendar, are moving online.
The Gala online – the Second Saturday – takes place on 11 July and the centrepiece of the day will be a concert streamed to Facebook and YouTube at 1pm, featuring new videos and archive footage from the Gala’s long history, brass band music, messages from key workers who’ve been dealing with the pandemic, and contributions from leading labour movement figures.
More information here
Tolpuddle’s online festival runs from 17 to 19 July and will be packed with debates, campaigns, history, films, music, comedy and will even feature a virtual procession.
More information here
Both events are free but donations are welcome.

To catch up with all Unite’s statements, stories and actions on #coronavirus go to our News and Events page HERE

And to UNITELive HERE

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