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Carphone Worker August 09: focus on Union Learning August 31, 2009

Posted by tomcwu in Carphone Worker News Sheet, Learning.
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Open Carphone Worker 4 as a PDF here

The August issue of Carphone Worker – which most members should already have seen a copy of – focuses on the benefits to members of union learning.  See the editorial below.  It also contains an article on Charles Dunstone’s new Academy school in Preston, and the march in Wednesbury that was part of the union’s successful campaign for the reinstatement of the CWU rep at the Wednesbury site.

Editorial of Carphone Worker 4

Unions aren’t just about organising for better conditions at work—though that is important!

Unions are also about helping members get more out of life through education and training. This is called ‘union learning’.

Union learning is a tool for members of the Communication Workers Union to find courses that will work for them (generally for free). Examples of courses include:

  • Qualifications for work—such as IT—that could take you to the next level.
  • Courses for you and your family such as literacy, numeracy, and basic skills.
  • Courses for fun: learn a new language, get the most out of your digital camera, or use a map and compass on the hills!

Many companies work with unions to help deliver union learning. Carphone isn’t one of them yet, but that doesn’t stop you joining the CWU, and making use of union learn!

Interested in union learning?  Get in touch with us!  This issue of Carphone Worker includes more details of courses and info on how you can become a union learn rep. Open Carphone Worker 4 as a PDF here

A time to learn… April 8, 2009

Posted by tomcwu in Learning, Preston.
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it-skills-picWhat’s the one new skill you’ve alway wanted to learn?

Union learning is the scheme to help union members and other workers gain new skills.  It could be that you want to improve your English and Maths to help the kids with the homework, or gain a recognised qualification in IT or Business to spruce up your CV.  You could even learn a language.

The Communication Workers Union’s Union Learning scheme can connect you with the courses that are right for you, often free or at a discount.  CWU Learning reps and Regional Project Workers can arrange for a short meeting to assess your individual learning needs.  Union learning is an example of the surprising roles that unions can sometimes play, making things better both for members and employers.

Good employers will often work with the union on union learning projects to help their workforce gain new skills, for the benefit of both employees and business.  Unfortuately, so far Carphone Warehouse has been unwilling to even give workers time off to attend an Information, Advice and Guidance session for those facing redundancy!  We hope they will improve.

Undaunted, Preston based CWU Learning Coordinator Paul Newsham will be holding union learning drop in sessions for workers who want to find out more at the new union office, just opposite the Tulketh Mill site.  He will be available in the office tomorrow (Thursday 9 April) between 16.30 and 19.00, and Thursday 16 April between 11.00, and 14.00.  Drop in to find out more, or email Paul on newshy39@hotmail.com.