'All change' for Unions

PUBLISHED: 13:20 03 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:55 06 May 2010

TRADE unions are to be given help evolving to meet the challenges of the modern workplace, Employment Relations Minister Gerry Sutcliffe has announced. The initiatives that have won funding from the Government s Union Modernisation Fund include projects t

TRADE unions are to be given help evolving to meet the challenges of the modern workplace, Employment Relations Minister Gerry Sutcliffe has announced.

The initiatives that have won funding from the Government's Union Modernisation Fund include projects that will help unions to adapt and find new ways of working and serving their members, many of whom are in workplaces that have undergone a great number of changes themselves in recent years.

Some of the projects will specifically look at how unions can assist disadvantaged workers, gender equality and vulnerable workers.

Announcing the winning projects, Mr Sutcliffe said: "The Union Modernisation Fund is designed to help British trade unions continue to meet the needs of their members by helping them to keep pace with the changes that have taken place in workplaces in the last decade.

"Unions are important for both individuals and companies alike. Good unions work with employers to help their members manage any difficulties they may have with their working lives. Unionised workplaces have fewer accidents, narrower pay gaps and better vocational training," he added.

"We are awarding funds to the most innovative and forward-thinking plans aimed at ensuring that trade unions remain relevant to their seven million members."

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "This welcome support will help unions provide a quality service in the modern world of work to the benefit of their members, employers and the wider economy. This fund demonstrates the wide recognition of the importance of unions in the modern workplace.


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