Friday, January 19, 2024

Online Stewards Training for the Community and Voluntary Sector


February 2024

(NB you should get paid release to attend this course if UNISON is the recognised trade union with your employer. If not recognised then still ask. Any problems speak to your branch)

This course has been designed for newly elected and less experienced UNISON stewards who work in the Community and Voluntary Sector. It consists of two parts: Stage 1 is the initial training and will help equip you with organising skills. Stage 2 focuses on developing representation skills.

Stewards are a vital link in the union chain and have an important role to play in organising members at local level.

UNISON’s ability to support and represent its members with their employer is very much dependent upon the strength of membership organisation. The union is more likely to be get good results where it has strong membership organisation. Strong membership organisation is based on sound organising principles:working collectively – “what can we do about it together?” rather than “leave it with me to sort it out”
  • listening to members’ views
  • knowing where our members are
  • actively involving our members
  • promoting democracy and membership participation.
This course also equips stewards when supporting members in resolving individual issues and includes identifying what is and isn’t a case, practise interviewing a member, and preparing for a grievance and disciplinary case. By the end of the course you should feel confident in carrying out your duties as a steward.

In order to apply you must be able to access MS Teams and to commit to attending all four days as follows:

Tuesday 6th February 9.30am to 4.30pm
Tuesday 13th February 9.30am t0 4.30pm
Tuesday 20th February 9.30am to 4.30pm
Tuesday 27th February 09.30 to 4.30pm

In order to apply for a place please complete and submit the following form:

Online Stewards Training for the Community Sector

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