I am 22 years old, Vice Chair of STUC Youth Committee, Chair of UNITE Scotland Youth Committee, and winner of the TUC Young Worker of the Year. I have been Workplace Rep in Eclipse Blinds Ltd for 3 years.
Coming from a trade union family I will always be in a trade union but understand why young people have a very limited knowledge of trade unions and what we do.
I am focused on addressing this and explaining the benefits of trade union membership for all workers, using my personal experience and recognition of the strength and empowerment trade union membership can bring to those who, like me, may feel isolated in the workplace.
In dealing with my own dyslexia, trade union programmes delivering lifelong learning have equipped me to deal with the workplace challenges of my condition.
Being Dyslexic I know that by working together we can challenge inequality in the workplace.
I'm 26 years old and work as a Youth Worker for a Scottish Homelessness Charity based in Glasgow. I am a member of Unite the Union's Not For Profit Sector Branch and a representative on Unite's Scottish Youth Committee
I'm returning to the STUC Youth Committee for my second year and will be representing young workers on next year’s STUC General Council.
I am an anti-racist and refugee rights campaigner and my first contact with the unions came through my involvement in social justice issues. As a student I campaigned against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and opposed education cuts on my campus. I bring to the STUC my campaigning experience: having been involved in a number of anti-cuts campaigns; fighting racism which seeks to divide our communities; being vocal about the disproportionate impact of the cuts agenda on women and opposing austerity home and abroad.
I believe in a strong voice for our young people as the next generation within the trade unions. The collective strength of the unions still has a huge role to play in delivering progressive change for the working class. I will campaign hard to ensure young people have a voice and play a leading role within all the work that we do this coming year.
Usman Ali, 22, was born and brought up in East Renfrewshire, near Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. He attended local schools, Thornliebank Primary and Woodfarm High before graduating with a BA Honours degree in Politics from the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Usman has served on the STUC Youth Committee since 2013 and has served as a member of the GMB’s Regional Equality Forum since 2011. Usman has gained major experience by working for two Scottish politicians and a number of charitable and public sector organisations. He has also been involved in various civic and grassroots community work and has been appointed to a number of leadership positions within. Usman also has had a number of policy and campaign successes including when he wrote an Anti – Bullying Policy which was then adopted by a Scottish Political Party as its official policy and was also implemented in a number of local authorities and schools across Scotland. Another campaign success was when years of lobbying his local authority resulted in the refurbishment of the PE department of his local school.
I am 26 and a trainee solicitor with a local authority where I'm a steward and the young members' officer for my Unison branch.
This is my second year on the STUC youth committee.
I first got involved with trade unions when I worked in a bar and then a call centre after university. My family have always been involved in trade unions and I was brought up to believe that, wherever you work, you should join a union.
I am very interested in international issues and I was lucky enough to visit Havana for May Day this year as part of an international delegation. I am extremely passionate about workers' rights and about fighting against the ConDem government's austerity agenda. I was involved in student politics at university and I have continued political campaigning on various issues including day centre closures, feminism, and anti-racism.
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