Picture is from last night's phone bank on the 5th floor of the UNISON HQ in Euston. After some previous teething problems this high tech system really worked. The software enables you to go from call to call to call entering information via clicks on a mouse.
We made over 500 calls to UNISON members in Tower Hamlets. Far more than if we had to use the traditional pen and paper system.
At home recently I have been tele-canvassing my ward and it is so slow and cumbersome. Then you have to get the information manually inputted into Contact Creator (the Labour Party Election computer programme).
This is exactly the sort of "hands on" political organising that trade unions need to do. Instead of just writing cheques and making supportive statements we need to be out there engaging with our members.
Interestingly members on the whole were pleased to be contacted by their union and I had some decent conversations with them about a number of issues not just elections. So I think its good for the Union to have this contact with our members as well.