First Minister to Visit Workplaces of Award Winning Union Reps

March 8th 2012

The First Minister Alex Salmond MSP will visit the workplaces of the recipients of the 2011 STUC Union Rep Awards on Friday, 9 March 2012. The workplace visits have come about after a meeting between the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) and the First Minister in October 2011 at the Scottish Parliament.

The First Minister will visit RSBi Blindcraft in Springburn to meet with Robert Mooney, Community Union Equalities Rep and recipient of the 2011 STUC One Workplace Equality Award. He will then visit the Glasgow Royal Mail Centre to meet with the Communication Workers’ Union Learning Reps who were named as the recipients of the 2011 STUC Helen Dowie Award for Lifelong Learning.

The First Minister requested these workplace meetings through the STUC to learn more about the Union Reps’ workplace environments, and in the case of the STUC Helen Dowie Award recipients, to learn more about their work as Union Learning Reps and see first-hand the Key2Learn Learning Centre in the Royal Mail Centre in Springburn. The First Minister is expected to present certificates to learners in the Mail Centre who have been directly supported by the CWU Union Learning Reps within the Learning Centre.

Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary, said:

“The STUC Union Rep Awards were established to recognise the pivotal role trade union activists have in leading workplace learning, equalities and health and safety.

“We are pleased that the First Minister requested these meetings with Community Union and the Communication Workers Union to see the unwavering commitment Union Reps have in supporting workers in equalities and union learning.

“The recipients of the STUC Union Rep Awards are a credit to the trade union-led lifelong learning movement as a whole.”

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Ian Tasker, Assistant Secretary STUC Tel: 0141 337 8100

                                                        Email: itasker@stuc.org.uk

Jennifer Payne, Marketing Officer Scottish Union Learning Tel: 0141 337 8130

                                                        Email: jpayne@stuc.org.uk

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