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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About GFTU 

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. 

For more information, please go to: https://gftu.org.uk/ 

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About BOMBE 

For more information, please go to: https://bombe.io/     

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General Election: Protect the NHS – Webinar Download

Two Key Issues

With Professor Allyson Pollock

Protect the NHS

Did you know that although we have a Secretary of State for Health, there is no statutory responsibility for health care? This was removed in 2012 and with it any form of democratic accountability.

Did you know currently NHS premises are used by private health providers to make profits at a time when the NHS is short of space.

1 Reinstate the Secretary of State’s statutory duty to secure and provide health care to all.

2 End private health providers’ use of NHS premises.

Underfunding is a huge problem for the NHS. But, politically and organisationally, if the NHS remains outside democratic control and accountability, Parliament cannot protect it.

We are seeking to inform trade unionists and activists of the central importance of these issues to prepare for more effective campaigning.

To kick-start the campaign we have invited Professor Allyson Pollock to lead a Webinar on March 27 at 6:30 pm. Allyson is a consultant in public health medicine and was the Director of the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University. She is an academic who is known for her research into, and opposition to, part privatisation of the UK National Health Service (NHS) via the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and other mechanisms.

If you wish to join us, please put the date in your diary and use the link below to register for the Webinar. You will be sent a Zoom link by email.

Download the Webinar here

The link above will take you to WeTransfer where you can download the webinar. It is about 167MB.

Protect the NHS

Job Vacancy – Education Manager – Updated Information

Job Vacancies

Please see below our current vacancies at the General Federation of Trade Unions

Education Manager

Contract:

Permanent, full time

Salary:

£42,000

Location:

Quorn, Loughborough, Leicestershire and occasional offsite working

Deadline for applications:

4 April at 5pm

Short listing:

8 & 9 April

Interview dates:

17 & 18 April, at Quorn Grange Hotel

We are looking for an education manager to drive forward our expansive education work.

If you want to help develop the union reps of today and identify our movements leaders of tomorrow, this job is for you.

Our federation has a joint membership of over 600,000 union members, ranging from 28 different union affiliates. We are celebrating our 125th anniversary, so there has never been a more exciting time to join our team.

Our founding principles; education, solidarity, and unity in action.

To apply for this role, please read through the job description below and send a completed application form by 5pm on 4 April to ianr@gftu.org.uk.

Further Information

Closing date for receipt of applications: Thursday, 4 April 2024 - 17:00. Short listing will be undertaken on 8 & 9 April and interviews will be held on 17 & 18 April at Quorn Grange Hotel.

Please also ensure you read the Guidance for Applicants, Job Description, Person Specification and Conditions of Employment before submitting your application.

CV’s are not accepted as a form of application and completed application forms should be sent via email to: ianr@gftu.org.uk

Any questions regarding the opportunity or queries should be directed to: henryf@gftu.org.uk

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