Chair’s Blog – February 2020

Published February 10, 2020 at 11:21

This week our branch will mark Heartunions week. It is a week organised by the TUC to celebrate the trade union movement.

Unions are, and have always been, a force for good. The unfair media portrayal of them often does not chime with reality of the work they do day in and day to improve the lot of their members. Ultimately, they are a group of workers coming together to improve their working conditions.

Without this collective action, many of the rights we enjoy at work would simply not be in existence.

The backbone of every union are its workplace representatives and activists.

We have excellent reps, who with little reward, put lots of hours in supporting their colleagues and raising issues. Sometimes it can feel like a thankless task so I want to pay tribute to them and thank them for all for their hard work.

AGM

AGM is fast approaching with the main meeting on March 6. We have a very exciting line-up with a quiz and also a fantastic live band playing various hits from different eras.

As chair, I promise to get the business done as fast as we can so we can get to the fun stuff. As a union is nothing without its members, once again we are offering all attendees a free drink of their choice and free entry in the raffle.

Please try to come along. It’s a time to find out what the union has achieved over the last year, our plans for the future and for members to ask questions of the branch executive.

Epilepsy

Apologies for this blatant plug. As some of you may know, I have epilepsy. Recently, I took part in an Epilepsy Action campaign to raise awareness of the condition and the issues people with epilepsy face in the workplace. Sadly, people with the condition face discrimination at workplaces up and down the country.

Pleasingly though, Blackburn with Darwen Council has a good track record in being epilepsy friendly as I discuss in the article below. Recently, Epilepsy Action came in to do some training for staff including the rights of people with the condition in the workplace such as being covered by the Equality Act.

Here is the article

https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/new-years-day-epileptic-seizure-17680303?fbclid=IwAR2PSVQOTuTztCpkzw17jBdOnmcTbiWZAOkNZlKs-Tly0Ut3TEqlBpc2xrw

There is a lot of information about the condition on the epilepsy action website https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/ The TUC also does a very good guide on the epilepsy and workplace issues.

Many Thanks

 

Ben Greenwood, Branch Chair

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