Using Data and AI to Support Union Organising, GFTU X Bombe partnership Press Release 

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Using data and AI to support union organising, GFTU X Bombe partnership Press Release 

Today, the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU), a federation of 28 unions representing a combined 600,000 union members, and data, campaigns, and artificial intelligence (AI) company Bombe announce a historic partnership within the trade union world.  

This partnership will enable access for the trade union movement to the latest sophisticated targeting, data analysis and building of artificial intelligence products to support and grow the trade union movement.  

Bombe’s large language model app aims to have the best audience insight and targeting model in the world. It is produced by some of the UKs leading data scientists and pollsters.  

Gawain Little, general secretary of the GFTU commented, “This partnership, during our 125th anniversary year, is historic. We were founded on the principles of solidarity, education, and unity in action. Our partnership with Bombe enables us to provide our affiliates and the wider union movement access to the latest technology, not to replace ‘real-world’ organising but to compliment and support it. This is about using technology for workers and their organisation, not just leaving it to the employers and bosses.” 

The partnership between the two organisations will mean in practice that trade unions interested in the wide range of complex technologies, data approaches, and tools to organise, lobby and win campaigns will be able to access these via the GFTU.  

Bombe Spokesperson said, “The world of work and our lives will be determined by the developing technologies and the growing discussions and use of data and AI. At Bombe we believe that the trade union movement should have access to these techniques, technologies, and tools and that is why we are delighted to be partnering with the GFTU.”  

GFTU president and general secretary of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) Sarah Woolley said, “Through its educational trust, the GFTU has been offering important educational courses for workplace reps and trade union leaders about digital strategies, this partnership builds on this work, providing the best services, technologies, and support alongside a dedicated educational programme, this has the capacity to change our movement.” 


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The General Federation of Trade Unions was established in 1899 and is a democratic organisation responsive to the needs of affiliated trade unions. Like unions, we aim to improve the lives of working people and their communities.  

Our federation of Trade Unions and the educational trust (GFTU ET) offers a range of support from; an exceptional programme of online and face to face trade union activist courses, leadership and management training, to detailed campaigns, organising and specialist research support for all unions, to developing professional support for General Secretaries and other professional groups such as Finance and Education officers. 

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Committee for Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights Press Release

10th December 2023

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Call for human rights in Iran to mark anniversary of UN Declaration

The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has called for the international community to focus on the abuse of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran to mark the anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December.

The declaration sets out a range of “fundamental human rights to be universally protected” which the solidarity organisation states are not being observed in the Islamic Republic.

CODIR cites for example Article 3 of the declaration that “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person” as one which is routinely abused by the theocratic regime. Intimidation, arbitrary arrest, and false accusations, leading to imprisonment, are regularly practised by the regime’s security forces. Article 9 also states that “no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile”, all practices that those opposed to the regime in Iran are fearful of daily.

A recent report by Amnesty International for example outlines how rape and other forms of sexual violence have been used to torture and intimidate peaceful protesters engaged in the Women, Life, Freedom movement, which has been sweeping Iran since 2022 following the murder in detention of Mahsa Amini.

Such abuses also contravene Article 5 of the declaration which states that “no-one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” Practices such as torture and degradation have been a feature of the Iranian regime’s treatment of political and dissident prisoners for over forty years.

The award of the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned women’s rights activist, Narges Mohammadi, was a recognition of the ongoing popular resistance to the theocratic dictatorship in Iran, sending a message to the regime that its abuse of human rights was not going unnoticed.

CODIR General Secretary, Gawain Little, emphasised the solidarity organisation’s commitment to exposing human rights abuse in the Islamic Republic,

“The Iranian regime has been subjecting the Iranian people to abuse, torture, and intimidation for too long,” he said. “The anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights gives us the chance to expose these abuses and call for the rights of the people of Iran to be upheld.”

The ongoing strike wave that has gripped Iran for the past two years has developed in spite of the draconian approach to trade union rights taken by the Iranian regime. Although notionally a signatory to the charter of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Iran fails to uphold the right to organise or the right to assembly.

As an active trade unionist, Mr. Little was keen to draw attention to Article 23 of the UN Declaration, which asserts that “everyone has the right to form and join trade unions for the protection of his interests.”

“Sadly, the reality in Iran for activists remains dangerous,” said Mr Little. “The Iranian regime has done its utmost to crush any dissent, intimidated workers for demanding their right to form a trades union, and carried out torture and execution of political prisoners without fair trial or representation.”

CODIR has called for all forces supporting the struggle for human and democratic rights in Iran, to condemn the imprisonment of human rights, trade union and political activists through issuing statements of solidarity and campaigning for their release.

CODIR requests that trade union affiliates write to the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran to make clear their opposition to the abuse of human rights and the restrictions placed upon freedom of expression by the regime.

CODIR is also asking for individuals to write to their local MP, drawing their attention to the worsening situation inside Iran and requesting that they write to the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran on similar grounds, as well as using their platform in Parliament, to draw attention to the plight of the people of Iran.

PCU Job Opportunity >

Psychotherapy and Counselling Union: Freelance Professional WordPress Developer

Job Description and Person Specification


Hours:Minimum of 10 hours a week. Possibility of ongoing involvement in maintaining the website.  
Rate:£20 per hour  
Location:UK Remote  

Application deadline: Monday 20th November                     

Interview date: Thursday 7th December

Email with your enquiry or to apply. Please send your CV with covering letter.

Job Overview

The Website and IT Officer will be responsible for designing and developing (or coordinating the design and development of) the Union’s new website, using the WordPress platform. They will also be responsible for minimal maintenance of the existing website (hosted on the Wix platform) until the new website is launched. Depending on their skills, they may also provide some assistance with broader issues of IT strategy and implementation.

Job Description

  • Liaise with former Treasurer Mike Shallcross ( to understand the background and history of the PCU website and the status of the current website development strategy.
  • With involvement from Mike as needed, develop the current strategy for a new PCU website (at based on the WordPress platform, using the Divi theme or similar page-builder software, and MemberPress (along with other plugins) to provide subscription management and other functions such as discussion forums and event listings.
  • While the new website is still under development, carry out minimum maintenance to the old (Wix) website to update content that is clearly incorrect or irrelevant.
  • Once the new website has achieved a basic level of static usability, liaise with the Executive Committee and the social media Officer to draw up and put into practice a process for moving from the old to the new website with minimum disruption.
  • Liaise with the social media Officer to update the new website with relevant PCU news, campaigns etc. on an ongoing basis.
  • Draw up a detailed plan for adding subscription management and other functions to the new website, in manageable stages that will cause minimum disruption. Manage the implementation of this plan.
  • Subject to skills and available time, advise the Executive Committee on matters of IT strategy and implementation where relevant.

Person Specification

1. Skills and Experience


  • Demonstrated success in designing, developing and maintaining WordPress websites using page-builder software such as the Divi theme
  • Some experience of membership management systems within WordPress, preferably the MemberPress plugin
  • Some experience of managing a move to a new website
  • Excellent general IT skills


  • Familiarity with the use of payment systems in WordPress for subscription management
  • Some knowledge of the Wix platform
  • Experience of doing work for trade union, third sector and/or campaigning organisations

2. Qualities

  • Understanding of and sympathy for the aims and values of the trade union movement
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and prioritise and manage workload without close supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

3. Links

  • Meet regularly with a designated member/s of the Executive Committee
  • Occasional attendance at Executive Committee meetings
  • Regular communication with social media Officer
  • Regular communication with PCU Administrator
  • Communication with branch secretaries

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