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Organising and Recruitment

Organising and Recruitment

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Throughout most of the 1980s and 1990s trade union membership was in decline. A hostile government, coupled with profound changes in the world of work, meant that trade unions struggled to recruit and retain new members - and struggled, too, to represent their existing members effectively.

However, there are now clear signs that unions are on their way back. Our membership is steady after almost twenty years of continuous decline, and there is increasing evidence that trade unions are once again expanding their influence in the world of work and beyond.

Central to our task of rebuilding the trade union movement is the need to put organising at the heart of everything that we do. Organising is not always easy, but it is vital if we are to rebuild membership, and to speak with authority on behalf of working people and their families.

These TUC organising and recruitment web pages are designed to help unions mounting organising and recruitment campaigns by providing the latest information, guidance, resources and training opportunities.

organising academy logo The Organising Academy training programme, supported by Newcastle College, is aimed at helping unions who are organising for growth. Our courses provide organising related training for new and experienced organisers; union officers involved in wider union activity and lay reps and officials. All courses are accredited by the Open College Network and are delivered free of charge. To find out more about the Organising Academy and full details of our training programme click on the Organising Academy logo.

TUC Activist Academy

The TUC Activist Academy is an exciting new initiative aimed at increasing the involvement of union reps in organising campaigns and assisting them in building stronger workplace unions by:

  • Recruiting new members
  • Finding new activists
  • Running issue based campaigns

Participants on the Activist Academy will attend specially designed training linked to organising, recruitment and campaigning activity based around the workplace and the wider community. For further information click on the Activist Academy logo



The most recent documents available on this subject are:

The role of modern union representatives : joint statement by the CBI, TUC and BERR.
In April 2008, the Confederation of British Industry, the Trades Union Congress and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform launched a joint project to describe the role of modern union representatives and the positive contribution they can make to the workplace
29 May 2008

Become a trainee organiser
Become a trainee organiser on real trade union campaigns - the first stage in the recruitment for the TUC's Organising Academy is the Development Centre to be held in Mancheter on 14 and 15 June 2008.
21 May 2008

Union Island Development Centre Session
Are you going along to one of this year's TUC Organising Academy Development Centres? Do you have any questions that you'd welcome the opportunity to have answered before you arrive? If you log on to Second Life and teleport yourself to UNION ISLAND at 7.30 pm on either Tuesday May 27th or Tuesday June 10th you can find out more about the Development centres in a meeting in the Union Island bar hosted by a member of the TUC Organising and Recruitment Team. Click here to find out more Second Life and the Organising Academy Development Centres
19 May 2008

Update on TUC Organising Academy Year 11
Your BIG questions answered on this years Organising Academy Q. Can you tell me which unions may be sponsoring this year? A. We can let you know potential sponsors only at this stage, a couple of examples are some TUC regions (www.tuc.org.uk) sponsoring specific projects around students and migrant workers; EIS (www.eis.org.uk) sponsoring in Scotland, UCU (www.ucu.org.uk) sponsoring locations unknown. We will keep letting you know as we know
PDF version available for download
19 May 2008

Limited Places Still Available - Organising and CAC Recognition
• Are you involved in organising workers in unrecognised areas? • Are you considering applying for recognition? • Are you in the voluntary stages of recognition? • Are you looking to achieve bargaining rights in new areas? Then this is the course for you! The TUC Organising Academy invites you to attend a 2 day pilot course being held on 10th and 11th of June 2008, co–hosted by our Equality & Employment Rights Unit
14 May 2008

US unions help celebrate 10 years of the TUC Organising Academy
Stewart Acuff, the Director of Organising at the AFL-CIO, will be one of the keynote speakers at ‘Building Stronger Unions: organising the future', which is being hosted by the TUC on October 14, 2008. The AFL-CIO represents 10.5 million members, including 2 million members in Working America, its new community affiliate, and Stewart has led the federation's organising efforts since 2002. Earlier this year the TUC and the AFL-CIO signed a joint protocol, setting out efforts to tackle ‘unionbusters' on both sides of the Atlantic. ‘The AFL-CIO's pioneering Organizing Institute was one of the key inspirations behind the setting up of the TUC's Organising Academy in 1998‘, says Organising Academy Director, Liz Blackshaw, ‘So I'm delighted that Stewart is able to join us in October, to celebrate the success of the Organising Academy and its sponsoring unions and to debate what more we can do to build stronger unions.'
14 May 2008

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