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Net News May 2012 Mai

You can copy & paste items for your own workplace newsletters and circulate widely. 2012 is the International Year of cooperatives http://www.uk.coop/2012

Dates June Network of Excellence Meetings Places are filling fast – book your place soon! 12 Tues Unite Offices, Robert Street, Milford Haven SA73 2HS Tel: 01646 690618

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Fire Brigade National Training Centre, 4 Ffordd yr Hen Gae, Pencoed, Nr.Bridgend CF35 5LJ (for more details see page 13)

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Bro Ddyfi Leisure Centre, Aberystwyth Road, Machynlleth SY20 8ER Tel: 01654 703300 How to find us: www.broddyfileisure.powys.gov.uk Rhyl Community Fire StationCoast Road, Rhyl LL18 3PL Tel: 01745 352722 Please click here for a location map.

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5-6 July TUC LGBT Conference

August

16 July Deadline for Congress motions 23 July Deadline for Congress delegations 13 August Deadline for Congress Amendments

September October November

9 -12 September Congress in Brighton 20 A Future that Works See more details on page 12 23 Stress Network Annual Conference

Inspire Awards 2012

See the link (ctrl & click) below for the inspirational winners of this year’s awards. Could you please post this link on any appropriate websites and circulate it as widely as possible. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4EFB5E355C6A03B9 Many thanks, Essex Do have a look, the winners and their stories are inspirational and humbling! There are loads of amazing union members, ULRs and tutor stories in workplaces in Wales, How about nominating someone you know next time? You never know, it could be someone you know next year or you!

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How’re you doing? A Reps Survey Wales TUC would like to invite all reps to take part in this survey which aims to measure the impact, effectiveness and value of trade union education and training in terms of the transferable skills and confidence it gives reps that are active in their communities. The survey takes around 5 - 10 minutes to complete, and as a thank you for taking the time to complete it we are offering the chance to win a free e-reader in a prize draw.

The survey is for union reps who have previously attended a course with the TUC or with their own union. If this describes you, then we would like to hear from you. The information that you provide will be confidential. The survey can be completed online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZYFMD83 What is the purpose of the survey? We are doing the survey because we want to find out whether reps have been able to put some of the skills they have gained through reps training (e.g. such as negotiation skills) to use not only in their workplaces but also out in the wider community. That might be in voluntary work, work with youth groups, charitable bodes, community groups, resident committees, school governorships, sporting clubs or political activism or other types of community activities. Your community involvement could be both activities that you were involved in before you became a rep and also any activities you've become involved in since becoming a rep. What we want to know is if you feel the reps training you received has helped you in any aspects of your community involvement be that in specific transferable skills or just general increased confidence. Completing the survey The easiest way to complete the survey is to do it online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZYFMD83

Alternatively if you prefer you can download a hard copy of the survey to print off and complete by hand. Completed hard copies of the survey can be sent back by FREEPOST to: Jo Rees, Wales TUC, FREEPOST SWC4648, Cardiff, CF11 9GY. Closing date and free prize draw The closing date for the survey is the 31st July 2012. The prize draw for the e-reader will take place after the closing date and the winner will be notified by 31st August 2012. The results of the survey will be available later this year. Regards, Jo Rees Wales TUC Education Team Tel: 029 2034 7011 Email: jrees@tuc.org.uk _______________________________________________________________________

Health Road Show & Family Fun Day Melincryddan Community Hall Cryddan Rd Neath is having a Health Road show & Family Fun Day Thursday 7th June 12noon – 4pm, Freebies, free prize draw and taster sessionskeep fit, zumba, free children’s entertainment. Page 2 Wales TUC Cymru

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Contact your local college for copies of their 2012/13 part time courses booklets .

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Fully-Funded NVQs in the workplace from the Excelsior Plus team at Bridgend College To date, over 900 employees from across South Wales have taken up the fully-funded NVQ provision on the Excelsior Plus Project. We have funding to provide NVQs in the workplace to up to 2800 people free of charge so please encourage your colleagues and peers to get in touch with us now to enrol! Please contact us for further information and enrolment advice at any time. We look forward to hearing from you Kind regards, Greg Greg Harrison Excelsior Plus Project Administrator Bridgend College, Cowbridge Road, Bridgend CF31 3DF Tel 01656 302329 Email: GHarrison@bridgend.ac.uk

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Free Essential Skills Courses in West Wales and the Valleys

Contact Regional Essential Skills Co-ordinator Bethan Blackmore on (01639) 898581 or b.blackmore@npt.gov.uk for more information What’s free & on offer for you? Essential Skills courses in *Communications & Literacy *Application of Number & Numeracy *ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) All the courses are accredited with City & Guilds. *The use of ICT in the sessions is optional 1 ½ -2 hours a week (over approx 22 weeks) with a Neath Port Talbot College Tutor The sessions are flexible to fit with your work day and the courses are tailored to fit with your work role. The courses are held at a local community venue. All course resources are provided for free Interested? Interested project participants must be employed /self employed for 16 hours +, with a public/private/third sector employer or working in a SME, Social Enterprise or in the Voluntary Sector. Kind Regards Bethan Bethan Blackmore Tel No/Rhif ffôn: 01639 898581 email/e-bost: b.blackmore@npt.gov.uk

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Swansea Say Something in Welsh group keeps growing

If you live anywhere near Abertawe/Swansea, it sounds as if the Pumphouse, Ty Tawe is turning into the place to be on a Wednesday night. They’re a friendly bunch, so if you want to practice your Welsh – go along and have a chat! Page 4 Wales TUC Cymru

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www.SaysomethinginWelsh.com You don't need to read or write or do any revision - you just start speaking normally and naturally from the very beginning. Listen to the first lesson - either the northern or the southern version - and if you like it, you can access another 25 half-hour lessons for free by filling in a form.

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Learn direct

We offer a range of courses and services, including: → A network of centres across Wales where people can learn new skills, gain qualifications and get tutor support. → We offer courses and qualifications ranging from English, maths and IT to employability skills as well as vocational qualifications and, in selected locations, apprenticeships. → A learner support centre which provides remote support to those people learning online from home or wherever they can access the internet. → Short online courses which are available to buy directly from the learndirect website. A good learner case study story can also be found on our facebook site: www.facebook.com/learndirectwales . ___________________________________________________________________________

Skills for Industry Project Is your business located in South West Wales? PEMBROKESHIRE CARMARTHENSHIRE CEREDIGION SWANSEA NEATH PORT TALBOT Are you interested in developing your skills and/ or those of your staff? If so, you could benefit from the new EU-funded Skills for Industry Project which will deliver training and development opportunities across the South West Wales area until December 2015. The five Further Education Colleges of South West Wales are working together to meet employers training needs. Who can benefit? • Companies from South West Wales and their employees (Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion). • Owners, managers and employees who are over 16 years of age and EU citizens. • Companies including SMEs (not Public Sector) and voluntary sector organisations (provided they are properly constituted charities). What can Skills for Industry deliver? Training at Levels 2 and 3 (in any sector) and Level 5 (in social care only). All training is accredited by a recognised Awarding Body. What will it cost? The project is funded through the European Social Fund Convergence Programme delivered through the Welsh Government and is therefore available to eligible companies at a very small financial contribution. What are the benefits to the company? Skills for Industry will assist employers and enterprises in adapting to economic change by raising the skill levels and qualifications of their employees. Who can deliver? Pembrokeshire College SFI@pembrokeshire.ac.uk 01437 753320 Gower College Swansea SFIcourses@gowercollegeswansea.ac.uk 01792 284420 Neath Port Talbot SFI@nptc.ac.uk 01639 648015 Coleg Sir Gâr SFI@colegsirgar.ac.uk 01554 748601 Coleg Ceredigion SFI@ceredigion.ac.uk 01970 639700 If you would like general advice please contact the Skills for Industry Regional Project Team on 01792 284054/284102 or SFI@gowercollegeswansea.ac.uk Page 6 Wales TUC Cymru

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Skills for Industry is part funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

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Women Making a Difference Merched yn Gwneud Gwahaniaeth

Engendering Change - Newport For women who want to 'make a difference' in their communities and in public life in Wales We are delighted to announce the dates of our new Newport Engendering Change course. This unique free training gives women - particularly those women who are currently underrepresented in civic society because of race, religion, disability, sexuality or age - the confidence and skills to take a more active role as leaders in their community as well as public and political life in Wales. Giving women a voice in the decision making process - at any level. When: Tuesdays, 9.30am to 3.00 pm for 6 weeks – 12th, 19th , 26th June and 3rd, 10th, 17th July Where: Community House, Eton Road, Newport, NP19 0BL. Please feel free to circulate to any women you think would be interested in taking part. For more information you can go to www.wmad.org.uk or speak to Amy Preece either by email admin@wmad.org.uk or phone her on 02920 221965. Closing date for applications is Friday 8th June 2012. Places are limited - there will be a maximum of 20 on each of the training courses - so it is recommended that places are booked early. ________________________________________________________________________

An opportunity for young people in Treharris.

The Construction Youth Trust delivers accredited construction courses and construction taster sessions. We are currently delivering free courses in the Merthyr area through Engagement Gateway funding. We can also help participants with travel costs. Laura-Anne Butler Construction Youth Trust Ty Ffederasiwn 66 Cardiff Road/ 66 Heol Caerdydd Glan-Y-Llyn/ Glan-y-Llyn Cardiff/ Caerdydd CF15 7QE T 029 2081 3098 M 07973574378 E laura-anne.butler@cytrust.org.uk www.constructionyouth.org.uk _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Learning Agreements – New guide for Union Reps When negotiating channels are established with the employer it is time to discuss making a learning agreement. This practical guide for trade union reps and officers discusses what learning agreements are, what they should cover and provides a template for a framework agreement highlighting Equality and Diversity questions as well as model agreements for specific areas such as English and Maths learning, setting up learning centres and supporting learners at the workplace and apprenticeships. The guide aims to give ideas and help in pinning down what the relevant areas of learning agenda are in different workplaces and industries.

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Delivering better learning agreements - A guide for union reps and officers is a sister publication to the Negotiator's guide for Bargaining for Skills. Click here to order online Click here to view online Click here to download the booklet or here for the factsheets

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Clive Jenkins European Study Bursary 2012/13 The TUC Educational Trust offers two bursaries of £800 each to enable trade union members to visit a European Union country in 2012/13. These bursaries are from a trust established by Clive Jenkins. The purpose of the visit will be to study, first-hand, an aspect of trade unionism, industrial relations, training or employment and to write a report for TUC Education. The bursaries are intended to cover travel and subsistence only – no funds are available for any loss of earnings. Applications are required to plan their study project and to estimate costs. Preference will be given to study projects with clearly defined aims. The closing date for applications is 24 August 2012. Your help in publicising this Bursary would be much appreciated and further information is available from Liz Rees, National Trade Union Education Manager. Applications are available from: Natasha Owusu, TUC Education, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS. Application form: www.unionlearn.org.uk/education/index.cfm?mins=18

TUC Educational Trust One Year Awards

Northern College, Coleg Harlech, Hillcroft College, Fircroft College and Newbattle Abbey College are offering one year residential courses leading to a Diploma. Course subjects include: Labour Studies; History; Social Studies. The courses are financed by mandatory state grants to students and the TUC provides three additional bursaries of £925 to students who are offered a place by the college. If you wish to apply for a TUC Educational Trust you must obtain a form from the college which has offered you a place in the 2012/13 term. Coleg Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2PU Please return applications to: Natasha Owusu, unionlearn, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS Deadline for receipt of applications is 24th August 2012. Application form: www.unionlearn.org.uk/education/index.cfm?mins=18

Reps Course Booklet The Wales TUC 2012/13 course booklet is out now. In addition to the reps courses there are a number of short courses aimed at ULRs, project workers, organisers and activists. Look for: Handling Change and Redundancy, Using Computers, Mental Health Awareness, Dealing with Domestic Violence, Bullying & Harassment, Organising Vulnerable Workers, Cancer in the Workplace. To download your copy, go to this link: http://www.wtuclearn.org Copies of the booklets will be available at the June Network of Excellence Meetings.

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Jewellery making courses - Carmarthen

Coleg Sir Gâr's School of Creative Arts is offering short jewellery making courses at its Jobs Well campus in Carmarthen. The two-day courses run on 7/8 June and 9/10 July. There is also a five-day course on 23-27 July. The courses, run by tutor and practitioner Nicola Palterman teach basic techniques in jewellery making including soldering, annealing, surface texture and working with copper and silver in a fully equipped workshop. Contact the Jobs Well campus on 01554 748201 for further information or enquiries@colegsirgar.ac.uk ___________________________________________________________________________

World Book Night The Red House by Mark Haddon World Book Night 2011's most popular book was Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and we were privileged to host Mark's first ever reading of his new novel, The Red House, we think is one of the best books we've read in a long time. You can read an extract from the book here . If you loved... This year's World Book Night books featured an extract from a book recommended by our authors as the perfect next read. Having read all the World Book Night books we're now happily working our way through the recommendations and you can read sample chapters of most of them here. Every Friday from now till late October we'll be blogging more recommendations for what to read next if you loved our World Book Night books. First up is A Tale of Two Cities. We'll also be reviewing all the author recommends for World Book Night and regularly recommending amazing books we love. And if you haven't already seen it, you can read reviews and extracts of all the 2012 titles plus much more at We Love This Book Britain’s best new books magazine. ___________________________________________________________________________

Could You Inspire a Young Person? We have all heard on the news that it can be difficult for young people to get on the career ladder. Excelsior Plus supports the work of Bridgend College’s Work Placement Team who place Bridgend College students in placements with employers across South Wales. Each year thousands of college students undertake a work placement as part of the core provision of their course. Many placements run for one block week and others have the opportunity of a one day a week placement as part of the Pathway to Apprenticeships initiative. The aim of the placements is to allow students to put into practice what they have learnt on their programme of study, and develop workplace skills. Work Placement is an essential part of their courses at Bridgend College. The Work Placement Team is always interested in speaking to employers who might be able to offer a placement experience to a student. If you would like to speak to a member of the Work Placement Team at Bridgend College to find out more, please contact Phil Davies at Page 11 Wales TUC Cymru

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padavies@bridgend.ac.uk or phone 01656 302 458.

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Eight celebrities, one language – one massive challenge! Live every night from 26 to 31 May, Nia Parry and Gareth Roberts present the day's events as eight celebrities take on the challenge – to learn as much Welsh as possible in one week. Each day the celebrities will attend intensive lessons with Nia and fellow Welsh tutor Ioan Talfryn. Their new skills will be put to the test in a series of tough challenges. Who will be the winner of cariad@iaith 2012? Di Botcher is one of Wales’ most recognisable actresses. With roles in Twin Town, Belonging, Little Britain and Hunky Dory under her belt, she also starred in the phenomenal The Passion of Port Talbot alongside Hollywood star Michael Sheen over the Easter holidays in 2011. One of her first acting jobs was with the Royal Shakespeare Company at London’s Barbican when she played Titania in Midsummer Night’s Dream. Since then, she’s appeared in a wide range of comedy and drama series on television, on stage in theatres across the UK and in various films. She said “I think, under the layers, some Welsh that I already know will come out. I'm curious to see how much I can master in a week.” Read about the other 7 celebrities here: http://www.s4c.co.uk/cariadatiaith/e_index.shtml _________________________________________________________________________

Technology Working for Wales: the JISC RSC Wales 2012 Summer Conference JISC RSC Wales’ Summer Conference this year focuses on the twin priorities of cost efficiency and employability, and looks at how technology can help the post-16 sector in Wales to do more with less whilst enhancing the future employability of learners. We are delighted that Dr Barrie Kennard, Director of Leadership and Management Wales (LMW,) will set the scene for the day with his keynote address. This free, one-day event will take place on 26th June at the Hilton Hotel, Cardiff, and we very much hope you can join us there! For more information, including booking procedure, please go to: http://www.jiscrsc.ac.uk/wales/events.aspx With Best Wishes JISC RSC Wales

GO Wales Graduate Training and Development Many organisations would benefit from a better qualified workforce. Is yours one of them? The GO Wales Graduate Training and Development scheme provides financial help for private sector small and medium sized organisations in Wales to train and develop their graduate level staff. We are interested in helping private sector organisations with the cost of training and development of graduate level staff which leads to the achievement of qualifications, especially higher level qualifications such as degrees or diplomas.

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The funding is intended to enable organisations access training which they would otherwise be unable to afford. We fund 50% of course costs up to £1500 per participant – the organisation pays the rest. http://www.gowales.co.uk/en/employer/GTD/index.html

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Advice needed so employers can reduce risk of female workers developing breast cancer Commenting on a study published on the Occupational and Environmental Medicine website, which found that frequent night shifts are linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: "This study confirms previous research which has shown that shift work is now the second biggest cause of work-related cancer deaths after asbestos. "We need urgent advice from the HSE and government so that employers can reduce the risk of female workers developing breast cancer, for example by indentifying safer shift patterns." - The study is available at http://press.psprings.co.uk/oem/may/oem100240.pdf - TUC advice on dealing with cancer at work is available at www.tuc.org.uk/extras/occupationalcancer.pdf

Oxfam

Dear Colleagues, I have recently been in touch with Luned Jones of Oxfam Cymru. She is currently leading on a project to raise awareness about maternal health in developing countries and she has some excellent resources that might easily liven up a meeting or add to a conference you are planning. I list these below and supply Luned’s contact details at the bottom of this email. → An exhibition of 22 photos which focus on two women in Ghana giving birth in very different situations - one urban and one rural showing how the advent of free health care for pregnant women in Ghana has helped and how there is still a lot more to be done as women in rural areas are still finding it hard to access medical support. These are essentially two case studies brought to life through photo boards with explanatory text which could be displayed at a conference. → A DVD - a six minute film about a midwife in Ghana showing how trained midwives can help save lives. This is an inspiring example of what can happen in Ghana with the right investment. This could be shown to provoke discussion at a meeting. → Potential Guest Speakers - some pretty impressive women who have direct experience of making a change and are actively involved with maternal health projects in Africa - here's some more information about them. Angela Gorman - http://www.lifeforafricanmothers.org/index.html Julie Grigg - http://www.walesafrica.org/case%20study%20MDG5.html Luned is very flexible and willing to work around the opportunities and spaces that you have coming up or think appropriate to share this project/campaign with members Luned Jones Media and Corporate Communications Officer Oxfam Cymru T: 029 2080 3292 M: 07887 571687 skype - luned.siwan.jones www.oxfam.org.uk/cymru www.facebook.com/oxfamcymru www.twitter.com/oxfamcymru Page 15 Wales TUC Cymru

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Thanks to the RCN for this information about this Oxfamproject.

Women in the Welsh Workforce Discussion Forum

We are looking for women to take part in our forum. If you or any of your female contacts would be interested in taking part you can find a link to the forum below. We would be grateful if you could circulate this opportunity to your networks as you see fit. Chwarae Teg together with research organisation Ecorys invites you to contribute to a key piece of research. By simply sharing your experiences in an online forum you will be helping to fill a gap in existing knowledge about women’s current roles and contributions to the Welsh workforce. Specifically, the research will compare findings with similar studies conducted in 1996 and 2002 and will therefore make an important contribution to policy and the development of initiatives to support women in work. We’d be delighted if you could take part in the forum to help identify the issues facing women in Wales in 2012. Ctrl & click here to have your say. Your details or online alias will not be referred to in the final research report. (It has been brought to our attention that due to internet security settings you may be unable to access the online forum from your office computer. By forwarding the link to a personal email account you should be able to simply click through to the online forum from a personal computer.)

You are invited to join WEN Wales. Womens Equality Network

WEN Wales is a community of organisations and individuals working to advance the rights of women in all spheres of Welsh life. We want to create a fairer society in which women live free from sexism and gender discrimination and enjoy equality in all aspects of their daily lives. The role of WEN Wales is to facilitate communication between our members; to help them coordinate their work and work in partnership and to represent women’s interests at all levels of government. WEN Wales strives to campaign for better representation within 5 key areas. These include; Equal pay in Wales, Women and the economy, Gender equality in the face of spending cuts, Women and public life and Violence against women. As an individual you will: •receive regular updates of the work of WEN Wales •be able to play your part in ensuring Equality of Opportunity for Women in Wales •have an opportunity to feed into the Welsh Governments consultations relating to Women •have the opportunity to raise issues affecting you in Wales •have the opportunity to have your views heard •become a member of a network of women working for Gender equality in Wales. Membership is currently free, so if you would like to become a member, have all the benefits above and play your part in gender equality in Wales please click the link below. http://wenwales.org/join-here www.wenwales.org Page 16 Wales TUC Cymru

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Unionlearn would like to hear from ULRs or learners who are Digital Champions!

We are looking for people who have engaged in digital learning, helped learners to develop their online skills, or supported learners with ICT qualifications and we are also hoping to engage with more BME digital champions. This round of case studies will focus on the following criteria: • People who have gone on to achieve results, whether in their personal or professional life, as a result of digital learning • People who have encouraged others to gain digital qualifications or championed digital learning in the workplace or community If you think you fit the bill, please contact Sarah Bains at sbains@tuc.org.uk. The deadline for this round of digital champion case studies is: Monday July 2nd *Please note any case studies that are developed will also be used by our partner organisations as part of their promotional activity, including films and online promotion. ___________________________________________________________________________

Labour Market Intelligence A request from DfES is asking for interested persons to complete a brief survey based on career related LMI which is part of a wider study funded by Welsh Government. The focus of the survey is careers practitioners who work with young people to provide careers guidance. The survey has been designed to be simple to complete, it should take no longer than 10 minutes. Visit the following link to complete your survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LMIPractitionerSurvey All responses will be anonymous and treated in confidence. If you have any questions regarding this survey then please contact James Whitley james.whitley@yorkconsulting.co.uk. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LMIPractitionerSurvey The survey has been designed to be simple to complete, it should take no longer than 10 minutes.

Vital sources of support for victims of discrimination is cut Responding to the announcement that the government is to cut the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) budget, outsource its helpline and scale back the public sector equalities duty, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: "Today's announcement is bad news for people facing discrimination and mistreatment as they will have fewer places to turn to for support. "Outsourcing the EHRC helpline will mean the loss of specialist support for the thousands of people who call in every month. "And just a day after the EHRC investigation showed that the public sector equality duty is helping to build the evidence needed for sound policies, ministers are looking to run it down. Page 17 Wales TUC Cymru

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'A Future That Works' - London on 20 October The TUC is to organise a mass demonstration in London under the banner of 'A Future That Works' on Saturday 20 October 2012. A march through central London will culminate in a rally in Hyde Park. On March 26 2010 the TUC's March for the Alternative attracted 500,000 people to a march and rally in London. TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: "The tide is turning against austerity. We were told that spending cuts were needed to get the economy growing, yet they have driven the UK back into recession. We were told that we were all in it together, yet Mr Cameron's main purpose at the G8 summit seemed to be protecting the banks against the growing international support for a Robin Hood tax - and the last Budget's centrepiece was cutting the 50p tax rate. "It is becoming ever clearer that this government does not have the policies - or even much of a commitment - to build a prosperous economy that can generate the jobs and industries we need for the future. "Rather than bold policies for investment and growth, the best that ministers can do is half-baked proposals to make it easier to sack people. "That is why we expect a huge turnout from the growing numbers that want a future that works. With the USA and France now setting out the alternative, it's time the UK also changed course."

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Welsh History and its sources This unit is a teaching and learning resource for anyone interested in Welsh history. It contains study materials, links to some of the most important institutions that contribute to our understanding of the history of Wales, and a pool of resources that can help you understand Welsh history and the way it is studied. Included in the material is a taster of The Open University course Small country, big history: themes in the history of Wales (A182). • Welsh history and its sources

Social care, social work and the law This unit is made up of four extracts related to social care, social work and the law. The extracts are stand-alone sections but follow on from each other to make up this unit. You will be introduced to five main themes that shape practice in the field of social care and

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social work. The aim of this unit is to enhance your understanding of the relationship between social work practice and the law. • Social care, social work and the law - England and Wales Course content

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Stress Network Annual Conference 2012 Dear Colleague, We are the UK National Work Stress Network www.workstress.net and can be found at http://www.workstress.net www.workstress.net. We are part of the Hazards Campaign and provide an annual conference in November for Shop Stewards, Safety Representatives and TU officers at all levels. Our conference is held at NASUWT Hillscourt Centre, near Birmingham and we like to encourage as many TU officers and lay reps at all levels to join our campaign seeking to secure in improvement to working conditions in order that workers do not suffer from work-induce stress-related illness. It is clear that the current coalition led austerity programme is increasing sickness absence across the board and in all parts of the economy. With that in mind we launched our conference information earlier in the year and invite you to circulate details as attached to your branches and regions. Details can be downloaded from our Website and it would be helpful if you could arrange to circulate the following link text to those who may be interested in attending.

Stress Network Annual Conference 2012 Hard Times, Great Expectations and Victorian Values Combating workplace stress in hostile times Friday November 23rd to Sunday November 25th 2012 to be held at the Hillscourt Conference Centre, Rednal, Nr Birmingham B45 8RS To download a flyer and booking form in .pdf format please [www.workstress.net/downloads/2012bookingform.pdf follow this link. Many thanks for your support. If you need further information, please contact me for discussion. Yours sincerely, Ian Draper Stress Network Convenor www.workstress.net ULR Sally Joyner has sent details about this campaign which includes all assistance dogs. ‘No VAT on Guide Dog Food’ Campaign. Please sign and circulate. www.guidedogs.org.uk/supportus/campaigns/no-vat-on-guide-dog-food/

Network of Excellence change of venue The Network of Excellence meeting on Thursday 14th June will take place at: Fire Brigade National Training Centre, 4 Ffordd yr Hen Gae, Pencoed Nr Bridgend CF35 5LJ Please note that the onsite parking is limited. Sharing transport will be a good option where possible. Tea and coffee will be provided, do please bring your lunch. Contact Bernice for a map and directions: bwaugh@tuc.org.uk Page 21 Wales TUC Cymru

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NoE May Part 2