Union Learning

Legislation in recent years has given new impetus to the work unions do to ensure members have good learning opportunities.
Lifelong learning includes, but isn’t restricted to, training that is job-related. The term is used to broadly describe the learning in which a person engages throughout life, whether it be through formal educational programs pursued in schools, colleges or universities, or through informal learning by other routes.
Members elected Pauline Bradburn, and then Dean Burn as Union Learning Reps (ULRs). ULRs specialise in learning issues in the same way that Health & Safety reps specialise in their own areas.
Pauline has established our union library in MAN34. If you want a tour, please give Pauline or Dean a call.
Our “Amicus The Union” CafeVIK Community now has a “UNION LEARNING” section. Here you’ll find the results of a pilot “Learning Needs” Survey which Pauline carried out late last year. The survey covered 100 staff in MAN35, of whom a majority replied. The response was very good from non-members, who clearly take learning just as seriously as the rest of us. Thanks to everyone who took part.
You may recall that the company had (illegally) been refusing Pauline time to carry out her duties. Thankfully this issue is now resolved, and the learning agenda is beginning to progress is a more constructive fashion.
Our Amicus Regional Lifelong Learning Organiser organised for a Fujitsu manager to go along with our ULRs to visit Mersey Travel, where the senior management are actively encouraging learning. ULRs there have set up Learning Centres where staff have easy access to resources.
Given that a large proportion of Fujitsu staff in the survey cited access as a major barrier to learning, Amicus has suggested establishing a learning centre at Central Park. The large amounts of vacant space would seem to make this very practical.
Our ULRs are now working with Fujitsu to prepare for “Learning At Work” day, which is on Thursday 24th May. Plans are at an early stage, but are likely to include events in the restaurant areas, information from various organisations etc.
We also hope to be in a position to use the day to launch a “Learning Partnership Agreement” covering Fujitsu Manchester, which would provide a framework for making further progress on the learning agenda.
If you want to get involved, please speak to Pauline or Dean.

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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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