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TUC and Workers Educational Association Launch Joint Venture

Trade unionists from across the Midlands gathered in Hereford last Tuesday afternoon for the launch of new Trade Unions Congress (TUC) education facilities at the WRVS conference and community centre on the banks of the river Wye. The waterside premises will administer some of the 65,000 trade union education courses organised by the TUC or by its affiliates each year. It will be run buy the Workers Educational Association on behalf of the TUC.

The lunchtime launch event was opened by Pete Caldwell, Regional Secretary of the Workers Educational Association and was addressed by Roger McKenzie, the TUC’s Midlands Regional Secretary. He expressed his confidence that the partnership would have a positive impact on the delivery of high quality, accredited union training and accessible TUC learning opportunities in the Midlands.

Excellent Facilities and a Popular Location

Mr. McKenzie said: “As the result of this venture a regular programme of TUC courses for workplace union reps will be available in Hereford. The facilities here at the WRVS Riverside Centre are excellent and Im sure it will prove to be a popular location. We want to help union reps promote learning in the workplace as well as making progress on health & safety & employment issues.”

The programme at the new Vicarage Road site is designed to equip shop stewards, learning reps, pension trustees and health and safety representatives with the skills and knowledge they require to function effectively in the workplace. It includes courses ranging from basic skills training and computing through to employment law, prejudice and misunderstanding in the workplace and occupational health and safety.

Michael Lloyd

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