Learning

Since we started having specialist Union Learning Reps (ULRs), Amicus has been more active on learning, training and development.
Liz Smith, director of unionlearn, the TUC’s learning and skills organisation said:
“The Government’s plan for an employers’ Skills Pledge is a welcome move to try and bring the one third of employers on board who have been refusing to train their staff. Unions with the help of unionlearn have been showing for some years how to make such a pledge real, and have so far signed over 400 learning agreements with employers which have benefited workers, employers, and many companies. The Government sponsored skills review by Lord Leitch stated that if insufficient employers have taken the pledge in three years time then a legal entitlement should be introduced. Unions will now be monitoring progress and identifying those employers who are still dragging their feet and not taking the pledge. Over 15,000 union learning reps helped more than 100,000 people to improve their skills last year.”
The UnionLearn web site is: http://www.unionlearn.org.uk/
Pauline Bradburn, our local ULR, wants to draw your attention to the availability of some free training:
http://www.sflip.org.uk/regionalavailability.aspx
Fujitsu recently began refusing Pauline time-off to carry out her duties, despite this being a statutory right. Amicus has been taking this up vigorously, and we are now beginning to make some progress.
Pauline has been working on a draft “Learning Partnership Agreement” for Central Park. To make this work, we need a team of ULRs working together. If you’re interested in being a ULR, please talk to Pauline or email your reps.

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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK have been taking industrial as part of their dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions. Action from 28 February has included 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED while members consider an offer from Fujitsu.

The national dispute follows the resolution of a local dispute in Manchester which included 12 strike days.

Further information is available here including events, pickets, a downloadable appeal for support leaflet and how to donate to our strike fund.

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