PDA attend the TUC’s Organise2020 Conference

Attending Organise2020 was a great opportunity for PDA Union colleagues to learn and share experiences as we are building our union team, expanding our recognition and developing our member and rep networks.

Wed 22nd July 2020 The PDA

From 9 – 11 July, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) hosted Organise2020, a free festival of ideas in union organising online. Organising is about maintaining and building structures and the strength and effectiveness of unions, and so was particularly relevant to the PDA Union’s Organising and Engagement Department. Manuella Asso (Organising Assistant and BAME Co-ordinator) and Jayne Love (Organiser and PDA Lead on Equalities) attended the conference.

Given the current COVID-19 climate, several webinars focused on health and safety, including one on organising for better mental health at work and another on women, health and safety. With the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the BAME community, and in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, there were also seminars about organising against the far-right and challenging racism internationally as well as tackling far-right ideology. Other sessions looked at how the pandemic has impacted on the way unions work, and, linked with this, there was a spotlight on organising online. Further, there were presentations on the state of the unions and the challenges we face, and on working in collaboration with other unions on joint campaigns.

Manuella commented:

“I was privileged to hear from leading trade unionists about some of the wins and challenges their respective unions overall have faced, especially during this COVID-19 crisis. I took a particular interest in the ‘Engaging Young Workers’ session as it shed light on some of the challenges unions face in recruiting and keeping young members and strategies to retain them. As part of my new role in the Organising and Engagement Department at the PDA Union, it is clear that Organising is at the heart of trade unionism and I feel Organise2020 has helped me to be more equipped to effectively implement some of these organising tools in my work to support our student reps network.”

Jayne added:

“Organise2020 hosted a variety of interesting and useful webinars that were highly relevant to today’s organising climate amidst COVID-19. I particularly welcomed the sessions on health and safety, and those around equalities, with a focus on women and the BAME community.”

Collette Bradford, PDA Head of Organising and Engagement, said:

“Attending Organise2020 was a great opportunity for PDA Union colleagues to learn and share experiences as we are building our union team, expanding our recognition and developing our member and rep networks.”

Learn more: Catch up with the sessions from Organise2020 on the TUC’s YouTube channel

Get involved: Take the Organise 2020 pledge to build a stronger union movement

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