Monday, June 11, 2007

Barnet UNISON speaking at the TUC’s first birthday unionlearn celebration

It was a great honour for our branch to be asked to speak at the TUC’s unionlearn celebration at TUC headquarters in Congress House.

Brendan Barber the TUC General Secretary & Alan Johnson (one of the 6 MPs standing for the Leadership of the Labour party) were the high profile speakers.

However the thing I value most at these events is meeting other activists, listening to their stories, I always learn something which we can use in our branch.

For Carmen it has become familiar experience speaking at UNISON conference, Award ceremonies etc but for Susan it was her first experience. Although she said she was nervous beforehand, she gave a very good account of the work we have done and want to continue to do for staff working in Barnet. Skills for Life is now the cornerstone of our branch’s business and we are reaping benefits of increasing membership and most importantly seeing tangible differences to people’s lives.

Its great stuff if you haven’t tried it yet then don’t delay contact Carmen or Susan on 0208 359 2088

Finally, I want to thank you to two people who have supported our branch from the begining of this journey. Les Perkins and Richard Soer, they have been supportive and enthusiatic about Learning and the opportunities it brings to staff and UNISON. Sorry about the picture Richard I am sure you weren't taking 40 winks!

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