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Visit from Usdaw Union Reps Coincides with 119 Signatures

A Parliamentary Early Day Motion (EDM), calling for a legislative provision for workplace Learning Committees, has been signed by a hundred and nineteen MPs after it coincided with a visit from Usdaw Union Learning Representatives and members of the House of Commons.

The new initiative, which was introduced by Brian Jenkins MP for Tamworth and a member of Usdaw, will raise awareness about the need for workplace Learning Committees as well as ensure that employers work with union delegates in a similar way to which they work with Health and Safety Representatives on a statutory Health and Safety Committee.

Unions in Partnership With Site Management

The proposal, if successful, will lead to the creation of Learning Committees or Steering Groups enabling unions to work in partnership with site management to make learning more affordable. The Government in turn would investigate ways in which union representatives can support employees with low level skills and encourage companies to work alongside and in liaison with them.

The EDM praises the 100,000 learners who have accessed learning via their union learning representative, the representatives themselves who have made this possible and the Labour Government for extending the Union Learning Fund allowing unions to reach out to those in need of new skills.

Dharmistha Patel

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