“UnionDues episode goes behind the scenes at the General Federation of Trade Unions – the GFTU is 120 years old, has nearly 50 affiliates and a great track record of building and supporting unions and activists.”
Please note applications by completed application form only, CVs or Agency referrals will NOT be accepted.
Maintenance Technician (Full Time) £19k-£21k depending upon experience.
Duties and responsibilities.
Person specification. Essential.
To view an application form click here.
To view the job description click here.
All applicants must be returned to Ian Richards, Operations Manager at GFTU, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be returned by 12 noon Monday 28th September 2020.
Interviews will take place week commencing Monday 5th October 2020.
The Northern College has been facilitating the training of activists for over 40 years. Already working in partnership with many trade unions, they are able to offer excellent tailored education provision in the unique residential setting of a Grade-I listed country house situated in the Yorkshire countryside. Their courses are residential, meaning you can enjoy the house and 800 acres of gardens, land and deer park. For more information on The Northern College, please click here.
The GFTU courses are residential and most are accredited meaning you achieve a qualification in trade union studies. Courses include bed, breakfast, evening meal and tea/coffee twice a day at break times.
The dates are here and the following have a synospis of each course. Thank you, Paul Gibson, Trade Union Education at The Northern College. Contact details: 01226 776000 / email@example.com
To book a place please contact your union’s education officer, passing your application form on to Mark Robinson, GFTU Education administrator. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01509 410857.
Please note that we require applications to be sent in and received by no later than 30 calendar days before the course start date.
For online course applications, we allow applications to be sent in and received by no later than 5 working days before the course start date.
|No.||‘Core’ Courses||Date||Delivered at?|
|1||Shop Stewards Stage 1||Cancelled due to Covid-19, but is available online.|
(15th,22nd,29th Sep & 6th,13th Oct (plus one to ones during the week)
|Northern College, Barnsley.|
|2||Health & Safety Stage 1||5 – 09 Oct 2020||Northern College, Barnsley.|
|3||Negotiation skills||19 – 23 Oct 2020||Northern College, Barnsley.|
|4||Shop Stewards Stage 1 |
(To replace Septembers course)
|16 – 20 Nov 2020||Northern College, Barnsley.|
|5||Health and Safety Stage 1 Extra date added||23 – 27 Nov 2020||Northern College, Barnsley.|
|6||Shop Stewards Stage 1||1 – 5 Feb 2021||Northern College, Barnsley.|
Equality in the workplace (Level 1)
Openly recruited from all unions.
|15-19 Feb 2021||Northern College, Barnsley.|
|8||Shop Stewards Stage 2||8 – 12 Mar 2021||Northern College, Barnsley.|
|9||Health & Safety Stage 1||15 – 19 Mar 2021||Northern College, Barnsley.|
|10||Negotiating Skills||22 – 26 Mar 2021||Northern College, Barnsley.|
|11||Shop Stewards Stage 1||12 – 16 Apr 2021||Northern College, Barnsley.|
|12||Developing workplace learners (non- accredited)||26 -30 Apr 2021||Northern College, Barnsley.|
|13||Shop Stewards Stage 1||7 – 11 June 2021||Northern College, Barnsley.|
|14||Health & Safety Stage 1||14-18 June 2021||Northern College, Barnsley.|
|15||Shop Stewards Stage 2||5 – 09 July 2021||Northern College, Barnsley.|
|16||Health & Safety Stage 2||12 – 16 July 2021||Northern College, Barnsley.|
|‘Next generation’ courses||3-day courses, Unaccredited|
|Young workers and volunteers||24-25 October||Northern College, Barnsley.|
|Black, Minority, Asian and Ethnic leaders||8-9 May||Northern College, Barnsley.|
|Developing women role models||10-11 July||Northern College, Barnsley.|
Equality in the workplace
(A new 5-day course, level 1 & ‘openly recruited’).
The course will take the opportunity to consider appropriate inclusive language and its importance e.g. gender-neutral language. Students will explore and consider valuable and reliable research sites. It will also deepen an awareness of unconscious bias, in ourselves and others and the impact this can have. As well as developing students’ knowledge of using the Equality Act 2010 and Health and Safety to strengthen negotiations in the workplace and in communities.
Synopsis of ‘short’ courses (2 day residential, 15 GLH, ‘openly recruited’)
Women’s voices are often underrepresented in today’s workplace. This course aims to address that imbalance by empowering woman to organise and support each other, with a view to becoming advocates and companions for each other. It will look into barriers that can stop or limit women’s progression and how best to overcome them.
The course aims to:
• Develop students’ confidence
• Show students how to apply confidence in situations
• Understand assertiveness
The course is aimed at younger employees in the workplace. It is designed to develop confidence to support other younger workers, be able to identify barriers and opportunities for young workers, set SMART goals to achieve, use social media and other communication tools and develop team working and problem-solving skills.
The course aims to help students:
• Identify own strengths and weakness as a team member
• Identify ways to improve own ability to function effectively
This course will explore roles within leadership, specifically for people from the BAME community. The challenges that are faced as well as the support networks available as well as helping to build the confidence to embrace leadership within their own contexts. Most importantly, the course will offer guidance as oppose to dictating a specific path.
The course aims to help students:
GFTU Shop Stewards Stage one
This course is recommended for workplace shop stewards who are new to the role or those that want to refresh their skills and confidence in representing members.
The course will include the following –
• The skills a shop steward needs
• The role of a shop steward
• Your rights as a shop steward
• Facilities and time off
• Interviewing skills
• Handling a member’s grievance
• Handling a disciplinary case
• Fairness and equality
GFTU Shop Stewards Stage Two
This course is recommended for workplace shop stewards who understand the basic elements of their role and their rights and who want to further develop their skills and confidence in representing members. The course will include:
• Understand a range of problems that affect members
• Collect and present information in representing members
• Produce a plan for dealing with specific members problems
• Develop the skills and confidence required to represent members in meetings with management
• Equality, discrimination and protected characteristics
• Bargaining, negotiation and consultation in the workplace
• Review of Statutory Employment Rights
GFTU Health & Safety Stewards Stage 1
This course is aimed at health and safety stewards who want to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence in the area of health and safety. The course will include:
• The Role and Functions of the Health and Safety Rep
• Health and Safety Committee Meetings
• The Safety Representative and Committee Regulations
• Facilities for Health and Safety Reps
• Health and Safety Inspections
• Recognising Workplace Hazards
• European Legislation and the ‘6 PACK’
• Prevention and Control Measures
• Dealing with Specific Health and Safety Issues of Concern
GFTU Health & Safety Stewards Stage 2
This course is intended for experienced stewards who have completed the Health and Safety Stewards Stage 1 and more experienced stewards who need to refresh their training. The course will cover a number of topics in depth and will include:
• The background and origins of specific health & safety legislation affecting the workplace
• The main legal requirements of specific health & safety regulations
• Be able to understand how you can use health & safety regulations to improve health & safety standards at work
• Develop the confidence to raise health and safety matters on behalf of union members
• Understand the key legal requirements relating to risk assessment
• Understand the risk assessment process
• Use risk assessment strategies and union organisation to secure improvements in workplace safety
GFTU Negotiating skills
This course is recommended for shop stewards who have experience in their role and who want to further develop their skills and confidence in negotiation for their members. The course will cover a number of topics in depth and will include:
• Everyday Negotiation Skills
• What is Negotiating?
• Negotiating Styles
• Employment Law and the Workplace
• Effective Negotiating Teams
• Case Analysis – Problem and Preparation
• Body Language
• Negotiation Practice
• Case Analysis – Research and Planning
Union Learning Representative Stage 1
This five-day course is designed to equip Union Learning Reps (ULRs) with all the prerequisite skills needed for their tasks. This course will ensure ULRs are sufficiently trained in order to fulfil their role, making them eligible for time-off in order to fulfil their trade union duties. The course will cover a number of topics in depth and will include:
• The role and functions of ULRs
• The principals of lifelong learning
• Interviewing techniques
• Negotiating learning and training
• The identification of learning needs
• Supporting members in their own learning
Developing Adult Learning
The purpose of this course is to empower students to understand the role of the education volunteer and be able to identify people’s issues and get them involved in education and training. This course is for people who have some experience in helping others access education. The course will cover a number of topics in depth and will include:
• Listen and respond constructively in group and class discussions
• Describe current activities that promote formal and informal learning
• Describe examples of inequalities in learning
• How to deliver a micro-teach
The GFTU Young Members’ Weekend has established itself as one of the most exciting, high impact Labour Movement events to inspire younger workers, (as defined by the rules of each union) to understand more about their unions, the labour movement and the challenges we face politically and in the workplace.
It is a high octane event where you will meet other young activists and learn together in an engaging way, with great support and a ‘can do’ approach so that you can really make a difference in workplaces in the future.
The dates are Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th October 2020 at the fantastic Quorn Grange Hotel in Leicestershire.
The deadline for applications is strictly October 7th at 12 noon and must be sent to our Education Administrator, Mark Robinson, at email@example.com.
View the programme here.
Download an application form here and please make sure all fields are filled in.
For queries please call 01509410978.
Unfortunately The Durham Miner’s Gala has been cancelled this year due to Covid 19 to safeguard people and the NHS but will be back bigger and better than ever in 2021- its 150th anniversary year. However, the Durham Miners’ Gala will be celebrated online tomorrow with a series of new content celebrating the spirit and values of the event.
DMA secretary Alan Mardghum has promised: “We will make sure that we make up for this year’s cancellation by staging the biggest and the best gala ever seen to celebrate its 150th year. The Big Meeting, as it is known, has a central place in the culture and history of the people and mining communities of County Durham. More and more people come each year despite the last colliery having closed in 1993. We will continue to organise this most spectacular and important event. We will not see it fade.”
The ever-popular labour movement event is embracing technology this year and the Durham Miners’ Gala will be celebrated online tomorrow 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.
It will feature new videos including archive footage from the Gala’s long history, brass band music, messages from key workers who’ve been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, and contributions from leading labour movement figures.
The Durham Miners’ Gala is the world’s greatest celebration of community values, international solidarity, and working-class culture. It is a unique and inspiring spectacle.
More than 200,000 people would usually pack the streets of Durham to enjoy the sights and sounds of The Big Meeting. People from across County Durham, the country, and further afield, assemble in the city centre from early morning.
So instead of the banner groups and bands gathering in Durham City Centre Market Place, or the other assembly points including Redhills: Durham Miners Hall and the Whitechurch pub on the West of the city the event will move on-line, where normally the beautiful banners celebrating the region’s working class history are carried through the medieval city to the sound of brass band music, creating a wonderful feel of street theatre and celebration -this year will be very different.
So, don’t miss the centerpiece of the day , where there will be a live online event streamed to Facebook and YouTube, featuring videos with archive footage from the Gala’s long history, brass band music, messages from key workers who’ve been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, and contributions from leading Labour Movement figures.
The full programme is on the DMA website, which you can find here.
You can also support the Big Meeting by joining Friends of Durham Miners’ Gala.
For more than a century, The Durham Miner’s Gala was paid for by the working miners of the Durham Coalfield. It is their gift to us all. Today, it is funded by our Marras, friends of the DMA, who make contributions throughout the year. Without the Marras, the Gala would not happen. The growth of the Gala over recent years is driving up the costs of hosting the free event.
Please join and become a Marra, and help ensure the Gala survives, and thrives, and is here to inspire generations to come.
Don’t forget to put the 2021 Durham Miner’s Gala in your calendar, it will be an event not to miss.
Social Workers Union (SWU) asked social workers to tell Covid-19 experiences recently, in the launch of their new survey, and demand better working conditions for social workers. During the pandemic, SWU has been inundated with concerns from social workers about their working conditions.
Please read the press release on their new campaign here
EMBARGOED UNTIL 09.00AM BST
3 JULY 2020
WikiLeaks publisher turns 49 in prison, facing U.S. extradition
Dozens of press freedom, human rights, and privacy rights organizations across five continents have co-signed an open letter to the U.K. Government calling for the immediate release of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The publisher, who turns 49 years old today in HMP Belmarsh, is facing extradition to the United States where he has been indicted under the Espionage Act for WikiLeaks’ 2010-11 publications of the Iraq War Logs, the Afghan War Diaries, and State Department cables. If convicted, Mr Assange would face up to 175 years in prison, “tantamount to a death sentence.”
The co-signers write,
“ This [indictment] is an unprecedented escalation of an already disturbing assault on journalism in the US, where President Donald Trump has referred to the news media as the ‘enemy of the people’. Whereas previous presidents have prosecuted whistleblowers and other journalistic sources under the Espionage Act for leaking classified information, the Trump Administration has taken the further step of going after the publisher. ”
Seventeen of the 18 charges against Mr Assange are under the 1917 Espionage Act, marking the U.S.’s first-ever attempt to prosecute the publication of truthful information in a fundamental test of the First Amendment’s protection of press freedoms. Mr Assange has also been charged with conspiring to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which uses language similar to the Espionage Act.
Reporters without Borders, PEN International, ARTICLE19, the International Federation of Journalists, and the National Union of Journalists are among the 40 rights groups who have signed on to the letter, initiated by the Courage Foundation, a whistleblower support network which campaigns for Mr Assange’s freedom and the public’s right to know.
Carles Torner, Executive Director of PEN International, said:
“This indictment effectively opens the door to criminalising activities that are vital to many investigative journalists who write about national security matters. Beyond the case itself, we are concerned that the mere fact that Assange now risks extradition and potentially decades behind bars if convicted in the USA has a chilling effect on critical journalism, which is essential for exposing the truth about crimes committed by governments.”
Rebecca Vincent, Director of International Campaigns for Reporters without Borders said,
“As Mr Assange spends his 49th birthday behind bars, it remains clear that the US government will continue to target him at all costs. It is up to the UK government to uphold its own obligations to protect freedom of information and not enable a politically motivated prosecution by another state. Mr Assange has clearly been targeted for his contributions to public interest reporting. All charges against him should be dropped and he should be released without further delay.”
On 24 June 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a second superseding indictment against Mr Assange, adding no new charges but expanding on the charge for conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.
“The government’s relentless pursuit of Julian Assange poses a grave threat to journalists everywhere and to the public’s right to know”, said Barry Pollack, an attorney for Mr Assange in the United States, calling the new indictment “yet another chapter in the U.S. Government’s effort to persuade the public that its pursuit of Julian Assange is based on something other than his publication of newsworthy truthful information.”
Press freedom groups have warned since his arrest and initial indictment in April 2019 that a U.S. conviction for Mr Assange—an Australian citizen who operated in Europe and was granted asylum and citizenship by Ecuador—would criminalize publishing around the world, allowing the United States to dictate what journalists can publish beyond its borders. The United Kingdom, which is detaining Mr Assange on the U.S.’s behalf, has the power to stop the extradition process and let him walk free immediately.
The letter concludes,
“We call on the UK government to release Mr Assange without further delay and block his extradition to the US – a measure that could save Mr Assange’s life and preserve the press freedom that the UK has committed to championing globally.”
Mr Assange’s extradition proceedings, which commenced for one week in February 2020 in London, are scheduled to continue for three weeks beginning 7 September.
The Courage Foundation hosts a defense campaign website for WikiLeaks and Mr Assange at defend.WikiLeaks.org.
Read the open letter here.
The PDA is pleased to announce that it is seeking a Director of Policy to lead policy function, be one of the main spokespeople, a key member of the senior management team and help influence the future of pharmacy practice across the UK and beyond.
The successful candidate will lead the Policy department in research and policy development, communicating with stakeholders, including those at the highest levels, as well as constantly listening to the frontline experience of the profession the PDA represents.
Location: Flexible. Our offices are in central Birmingham and the policy team is primarily based at our head office location; however, we also support an element of homeworking. The role will also involve national and some international travel.
Salary: £64,000-£72,000 p/a (depending on experience)
Contract Type: Permanent, Full-time 37.5 hours per week
Closing Date: 9:00 hours GMT on Tuesday 28 July 2020
A key strength of the PDA is our expertise in healthcare policy, regulation and practice, and as one of the UK’s 30 largest trade unions we are also concerned with our members’ employment. We want to ensure safe and fulfilling pharmacy practice as a key part of the health system that provides our members with the reward and recognition they deserve.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Director of Policy to join our team on a full time basis. The role holder will be expected to have, or quickly develop, a comprehensive understanding of matters directly relating to pharmacists/ pharmacy practice in each of the 4 UK home nations and ensure we develop appropriate policy positions on current and emerging issues. This will involve leading our policy department in research and policy development, communicating with stakeholders, including those at the highest levels, as well as constantly listening to the frontline experience of the profession we represent.
Other duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Ensure that the Policy team:
To apply for this role, please submit your CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the closing date. Informal inquiries about this role can also be emailed to this address.
View the full job description here.
The GFTU supports the We Own It Campaign that is against privatisation and for 21st century public ownership. They believe public services belong to all of us – from the NHS to schools, water to energy, rail to Royal Mail, care work to council services.
Here’s what you can do to support them too:
Bad Twitter account data!
The GFTU has taken all reasonable care to ensure that pages published were accurate on the stated date of publication or the last modification. Other pages which may be linked to the GFTU home page or to other GFTU pages, or which have a GFTU address, could have been published by GFTU teams or other parts of the organisation, or those associated with the organisation, or by staff acting entirely in a personal capacity.
The GFTU takes no responsibility for the consequences of error or for any loss or damage suffered by users of any of the information published on any of these pages, and such information does not form any basis of a contract with readers or users of it.
Readers should verify information gained from the web with the appropriate GTFU authorities before relying on it as it is in the nature of web sites, many of which are experimental or constantly changing, that information published may be for test purposes, out of date, or the personal opinion of the author.
Material published by GFTU national office is copyright GFTU and may not be reproduced without permission. Copyright exists in all other original material published on the web by staff of GTFU and may belong to the author or to GFTU depending on the circumstances of publication. The GFTU logo and the letters 'GFTU' are the registered trademarks of GFTU and may not be used without permission.
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 imposes a duty on public authorities such as GFTU:
1 To confirm or deny that the information requaested is held.
2 If the information is held, to communicate it to the applicant.
Anyone may make a request in writing for recorded information held by or on behalf of GFTU, and GFTU must comply promptly and in any case within 20 working days. Unless subject to one of 23 exemptions described by the Act, the information must be provided.
The GFTU team has a strong commitment to excellence and aims to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines to ensure that the website is accessible as possible.
We intend to continue improving our accessibility, so if you do have any queries or problems, please contact us and we will try to sort them out quickly.
We only use 'strictly necessary' cookies; that is those that are required for the site to function correctly.
The GFTU is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of the organisation.
The GFTU has a huge commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all business relationships, and to implement and enforce systems and controls to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains.
Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. In order to communicate with you, to provide you with services or information, we may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you.
We would welcome feedback on this website so that we may improve the way it looks and the ease with which you find what you are looking for.
If you are happy to offer feedback then please Telephone 01509 410970.
88 Wood Lane,
Copyright 2019 GFTU © All Rights Reserved