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The TUC Education union professional development programme 2013–14 meeting the needs of officers and other union professionals and staff 1

union professional development programme 2013–14


After eight highly successful years, the union professional development programme has been comprehensively redesigned to ensure its relevance to union professionals. Following consultation with union officers and staff throughout the UK, the new programme offers more flexible learning options than ever before to make it as accessible as possible for union professionals. In addition, the TUC’s interactive union professionals website, the only website devoted exclusively to the needs of people who work for unions, offers further information and support. To register, go to www.unionprofessionals.org.uk For further information about courses, services or the website please contact Martin Hegarty at mhegarty@tuc.org.uk


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Foreword

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Online courses for union professionals Employment Law Equalities Strategies Pensions

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Short courses Understanding Social Media Managing Union Work Project Management Employment Law Essentials Trade Unions – a brief history Leadership and management coaching

11 Online course dates 12 Short course dates 13 How to apply 15 Contacts


Welcome to the 2013–14 Programme for Union Professionals Getting high quality training to union officials, a key segment of the trade union family, has been a priority for the TUC for some years now. Since 2005, the offer has grown exponentially, with around one in three trade union professionals taking part in the training offer each year. As part of TUC Education’s commitment to maintaining a contemporary offer, a major consultation on the future of the provision was completed last year with a survey and discussion group meetings held in most TUC regions. The survey results revealed interesting trends in the work of unions and their professional staff. The pressure of individual casework continues to grow as well as the demands of supporting organising campaigns. Information technology is being used much more widely amongst union officers and activists, with the use of social media featuring prominently. There is evidence of a growing involvement of union professionals in internal management issues, with more union officers being required to manage staff, lead teams and plan and manage staff development. The unique nature of trade unions as organisations and their particular view of management issues were evident.

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Respondents indicated that greater use of blended learning – combining online and face-to-face learning – would be welcome; a major shift of opinion from previous survey returns. This is being phased in, together with use of shorter, more intensive training on developments in specific topics, such as employment law or pensions, as well as workshop-style events such as project management and time management. This booklet gives details of courses for 2013–14. If you are unable to find a course to suit your needs or you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Martin Hegarty at mhegarty@tuc.org.uk I hope you will make full use of this offer and that you like what you see.

Frances O’Grady TUC General Secretary


Choosing a course

Online courses for union professionals

Course outlines

TUC Education has pioneered online courses for union professionals. Demand for these courses has grown exponentially since they were first introduced, as these are designed to offer a more flexible way for union officers and staff to access high quality training.

Each course has an outline that covers who the course is for, how long it is, and what key elements of knowledge and skills are covered. Costs, which are kept to a minimum, are clearly shown for each course.

Dates and locations Course dates are listed on page 11. All classroom-based courses will take place at Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS.

Course tutors and materials The professional development programme brings high quality education and training to union officers and staff through the best of the TUC’s partnership with further education and is delivered by TUC-trained tutors who are experienced trade unionists together with specialist tutors with a proven record in working with unions. TUC Education develops and provides materials for all courses and materials are regularly reviewed and revised with input from tutors, policy experts and unions.

Your feedback This union professional development programme has been designed with the assistance of many union officers. We welcome your views on the programme to help us continue to ensure it is relevant and practical. If there is something missing from the programme, please tell Liz Rees at lrees@tuc.org.uk.

This year we are offering some of our most successful courses in a blended learning format, combining the flexibility of online working with the invaluable opportunity to work with other union professional staff in a classroom environment. All TUC Education’s online courses are delivered through a web-based learning environment called Moodle. Group activities take place using an online learning environment that learners can log onto whenever convenient. These online parts of the course are run in a similar way to the classroom, involving a mixture of discussion-based activities, workplace tasks and individual project work. Discussions are based around activities and involve sub-groups of the class, and they are facilitated by experienced online tutors.

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online courses Employment Law Lead Tutor: Simon Ferrar Cost: £105 per module

Employment Law – Module Two A working knowledge of employment law is essential for most union officers and many staff. These course modules cover the fundamentals of how employment law is made, and the remedies available if not properly applied. These modules are particularly suitable for newly appointed officers and staff. More experienced officers will find them useful as an update or refresher course. Each module contains some online work which can be done with some flexibility, and a one-day classroom-based session at Congress House. Modules can either be booked as individual units or as a series. See page 11 for dates.

Employment Law – Module One

Employment Law – Module Three

How employment law is made: • UK and EU institutions and their powers to issue employment law • The hierarchy of courts and their powers in relation to employment law • The establishment of case law, its origins and the application of Common Law to employment law

Negotiating and influencing • Using the law in negotiations – using examples, identifying how to use case law and statute law • Developing key bargaining points – stating your case; structuring your arguments; establishing the strength of your law; dealing with contradictory case law • Changes in law – exploring how statute law is changed • Union influence on changes; responding to consultation exercises; information needed by union legal teams/researchers; involving members and activists

Employment status • Category of worker – identifying the main categories and the key tests to establishing the category of workers • The contract of employment and its terms, including implied terms • Varying contracts of employment and available remedies • Advising members on the employment contract

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Applying the law • Gathering information on grievance, mediation and disciplinary cases • Dismissal: has it happened? – key tests to determine if dismissal has taken place • Dismissal: is it fair? – tests to establish unfair dismissal (either reason for dismissal or process of dismissal); remedies available • Grievances – employees raising complaints about employment relationship; termination and legal remedies if unresolved; varying contracts; implications for organising • Restructuring – legal implications of the employer restructuring (organisational variations to contracts; redundancies and voluntary severance; TUPE; impact of collective agreements); questions to ask employers, legal teams, reps and members; implications for organising • Advising members on grievances and variations to contracts

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Equalities Strategies Lead Tutor: Mark Everden Cost: £105 per module

Equalities – Module One Equality is central to all we do as union professionals. These modules provide an introduction and update on current equality laws, with the emphasis on the implications for how unions take up cases and organise. The modules use the Equality Act as a basis, but lead the learner through significant issues and legal cases, and look at equality beyond the legally protected characteristics. The course looks at the development of effective campaigns involving members, self-organisation within unions, and how we use modern technology and media to strengthen and widen our campaigning work on equality. The course also asks what the role of 21st century unions should be in equality. These modules are particularly suitable for newly appointed officers and staff. More experienced officers will find them useful as an update or refresher course. Each module contains some online work which can be done with some flexibility and a one-day classroom-based session at Congress House. Modules can either be booked as individual units or as a series. See page 11 for dates.

Equality and the law • Gathering information on current equality cases • The Equality Act and its impact • What do the protected characteristics mean to union professionals? • How, and why, do we use the law? • Recent significant cases • Equality issues beyond the protected characteristics • Evaluate the law in a current case

Equalities – Module Two Equality and strategic organising • Researching equality • Equality as a campaigning issue • Putting together a campaign plan • Involving the lay membership in equality campaigns • Self-organisation as strategy • Communicating equality issues: how we use media • Putting your strategy into action

Equalities – Module Three Equality: into the future • Surveying activists and members’ opinions on equality • Challenging ‘banter culture’ • Gender equality and ‘everyday sexism’ • It Gets Better: unions and LGBT communities • The coalition equality agenda – the challenge for unions • Equality cases and the future of tribunals • Analysing workplace equality culture

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online courses Pensions Lead Tutor: Jonathan Jefferies Cost: £105 per module Pensions – Module Two In the current economic climate, with increasing pressures on our social security and benefits system, it is imperative for union officers to have a clear understanding of UK pension schemes. The course will cover the role of trade unions regarding pensions; develop knowledge of pensions jargon; understand issues affecting members and their pensions; and look at future trade union campaigning on pensions. Each module will consider equality issues in relation to pensions. These modules are particularly suitable for newly appointed officers and staff. More experienced officers will find them useful as an update or refresher course. Each module contains some online work which can be done with some flexibility and a one-day classroom-based session at Congress House. Modules can either be booked as individual units or as a series.See page 11 for dates.

Pensions – Module One The UK pension system • Understanding jargon • What are the views of union members regarding pensions? • What are trades unions’ values regarding pensions? • The pensions challenge for members, reps, unions and society • Income in retirement • Analysing pensions options: inequality in pensions • State provision of pensions • Campaigning around the state pension: issues to consider • Getting members and reps involved in pensions campaigns

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Bargaining and occupational pensions schemes • Understanding occupational pension schemes jargon • Key benefits of occupational pensions • Occupational schemes; the UK model – challenges for union members and reps? • Key trade union principles in bargaining in occupational schemes • Comparative occupational pension schemes – Defined Benefit schemes v Money Purchase schemes • Comparing occupational pension schemes – case studies • Bargaining opportunities • Using ethical investments as a bargaining tool

Pensions – Module Three Pensions trustees and organising around pensions • Understanding the role of the pensions trustees • Finding out about members’ pensions problems/issues • The role of the legal framework: the pensions regulator and the Pensions Protection Fund • Strengthening the union: member-nominated pensions trustees • Responsible investments: a campaign strategy for unions? • Occupational schemes: getting reps to map their workplace • Organising the union around pensions: using member issues to develop awareness • Developing an organising strategy


Short courses In addition to the blended learning courses, TUC Education is now offering new, shorter classroom-based courses at Congress House. These are either one- or two-day courses covering important aspects of union work.

Understanding Social Media Course tutor: Mark Everden Duration: One day Cost: £105 Course dates: see page 12 Social media has become indispensable in modern communications, but how can it be used effectively by trade unions? This introductory course looks at the various types of social media and considers their use – and potential misuse – by trade union officers and members. What is social media, and why is it important? • Identify and analysing different forms of social media. • Analyse the benefits and drawbacks of using social media in a union context. Practical uses • Use social media for organising and recruitment. • Explore how social media can be used to mobilise members and get them more involved. Campaign planning • Analyse how social media can add capacity to campaigning. • Plan the use of social media in a campaign. • Boost your union’s online profile.

Managing Union Work Course tutor: Howard Pilott Duration: One day Cost: £105 Course dates: see page 12 Balancing the competing demands on union officers’ time can be a tricky business. This one-day course looks at a variety of methods help overcome obstacles to managing your work. It is particularly suitable for newly appointed officers but will also be of use to experienced officers seeking to refresh existing skills or learn new methods of organising their office, duties and workload. The course covers: • prioritising work and organising people • managing an office and office staff • time management • effective delegation.

Project Management Course tutor: David Williams Duration: Two days Cost: £210 Course dates: see page 12 Unions are undertaking a wider range of new initiatives than ever before. This course will help union officers and staff to develop essential skills in setting up and managing projects to a successful conclusion. By the end of the course, participants will be able to: • set clear objectives for a project • develop a work breakdown structure • use tools such as GANTT charts, network diagrams and critical path analysis to aid project planning • use potential problem analysis techniques • implement and evaluate a project.

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short courses

Employment Law Update

Leadership and Management Coaching

Course tutor: Andrea Chute Duration: Two days Cost: £210 Course dates: see page 12

Coaching delivered by Bamford Jones Partnership Dates: Flexible

This two-day, barrister-led course looks at changes in employment law and identifies critical areas for trade union officers to be aware of. Andrea Chute has acted for many of the UK’s unions and brings the invaluable eye of a top legal professional to look at the law from a trade union standpoint. Due to the intensive nature of this course places are limited. The course will cover: • redundancy • unfair dismissal and automatically unfair dismissal • discrimination • calculating compensation • research skills.

Trade Unions: A Brief History Course tutors: Martin Hegarty and Tom Mellish Duration: One day Cost: £105 Course dates: see page 12 This course is designed to help trade union officers and staff who may not have come from a trade union background to understand the unique nature and characteristics of UK unions. It will look at how unions were formed and how they have developed as well as looking at other models for trade unions around the world.

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TUC Education has been working with Bamford Jones Partnership for several years, offering a unique coaching service for trade union staff who work in a wide range of job roles, from newly appointed officers up to general secretary level. Coaching is a very flexible approach and is appropriate in nearly all contexts. Typical issues that people bring to coaching include: • managing team performance • building relationships • leading change • improving confidence • taking on a more senior role • managing projects. Coaching sessions are confidential, usually last for around two hours and take place over a period of time, scheduled at intervals to meet individual needs. Each session takes place as a relaxed conversation with a coach that allows time to explore issues and ideas in depth. Participants feel supported and encouraged but also challenged to rethink old patterns or behaviours. For further information on the coaching service and costs please contact Martin Hegarty on 020 7079 6946.


Online course dates Employment Law 2014

Monday 23 September 2013

Monday 3 February 2014

Monday 28 April 2014

Pre-course online Congress House Post-course online

Wednesday 2 October 2013

Wednesday 12 February 2014

Wednesday 7 May 2014

Monday 7 October 2013

Monday 17 February 2014

Monday 12 May 2014

Pre-course online

Monday 21 October 2013

Monday 3 March 2014

Monday 2 June 2014

Congress House

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Tuesday 10 June 2014

Monday 4 November 2013

Monday 17 March 2014

Monday 16 June 2014

Pre-course online

Monday 18 November 2013

Monday 31 March 2014

Monday 30 June 2014

Congress House

Thursday 28 November 2013

Wednesday 9 April 2014

Tuesday 8 July 2014

Post-course online

Monday 2nd December 2013

Monday 14 April 2014

Monday 14 July 2014

Equalities 2013

Equalities 2014

Monday 23 September 2013

Monday 28 April 2014

Thursday 3 October 2013

Thursday 8 May 2014

Monday 7 October 2013

Monday 12 May 2014

Monday 21 October 2013

Monday 2 June 2014

Pre-course online Congress House Post-course online Pre-course online Congress House

Thursday 31 October 2013

Wednesday 11 June 2014

Post-course online

Monday 4 November 2013

Monday 16 June 2014

Pre-course online

Monday 18 November 2013

Monday 30 June 2014

Friday 29 November 2013

Wednesday 9 July 2014

Monday 2nd December 2013

Monday 14 July 2014

Pensions 2013

Pensions 2014

Monday 23 September 2013

Monday 3 February 2014

Congress House

Pre-course online Congress House Post-course online

Tuesday 1 October 2013

Tuesday 11 February 2014

Monday 7 October 2013

Monday 17 February 2014

Pre-course online

Monday 21 October 2013

Monday 3 March 2014

Congress House

MODULE 3

MODULE 1

Post-course online

MODULE 2

MODULE 3

MODULE 1

Wednesday 30 October 2013

Post-course online

MODULE 2

MODULE 3

MODULE 1

Employment Law 2014

MODULE 2

Employment Law 2013

Tuesday 29 October 2013

Tuesday 11 March 2014

Post-course online

Monday 4 November 2013

Monday 17 March 2014

Pre-course online

Monday 18 November 2013

Monday 31 March 2014

Wednesday 27 November 2013

Tuesday 8 April 2014

Monday 2nd December 2013

Monday 14 April 2014

Congress House Post-course online

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Short course dates Understanding Social Media Congress House Friday 4 October 2013 Congress House Thursday 20 February 2014 Managing Union Work Congress House Tuesday 24 September 2013 Congress House Tuesday 14 January 2014 Project Management Congress House Tuesday 5 to Wednesday 6 November 2013 Congress House Tuesday 4 to Wednesday 5 March 2014 Employment Law Update Congress House Wednesday 9 to Thursday 10 October 2013 Congress House Tuesday 20 to Wednesday 21 May 2014 Trade Unions: a brief history Congress House Friday 1 November 2013 Congress House Thursday 3 April 2014 Leadership and Management Coaching Dates flexible – contact Martin Hegarty on 020 7079 6946 or mhegarty@tuc.org.uk

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How to apply Bookings and payment for courses can now be made online at www.unionlearn.org.uk/UPcourses or by returning the form on the next page to Martin Hegarty, unionlearn, Congress House, London WC1B 3LS together with a cheque made payable to: the TUC.

1 Fill in your personal details on the application form. Make sure that you give us your daytime telephone number and email address if you have one. 2 Tell us which course you want to do and fill in the date. 3 Complete your union details, sign and date the form. 4 Pass the form to the appropriate person within your union for approval for payment and endorsement (failure to do this can result in a delay processing your application). 5 Send the form and payment to Martin Hegarty, unionlearn, Congress House, London WC1B 3LS. 6 You will receive a letter or email confirming your place on the course of your choice along with further course information.

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Application form PLEASE USE CAPITAL LETTERS Course title Dates Your full name Home address Postcode Daytime tel

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Do you define yourself as disabled? All access needs will be met where reasonably practicable. You should contact Martin Hegarty at mhegarty@tuc.org.uk of any specific requirements at the earliest opportunity. TUC Education is anxious to encourage greater ethnic minority participation in trade union education. To assist us to achieve this aim it would be helpful if you could provide details of your ethnic origin by ticking the appropriate box. This information is for monitoring purposes only and will be treated confidentially. African

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Contacts TUC Education national contacts

Regional Education Officers

Liz Rees Trade Union Education Manager lrees@tuc.org.uk t: 020 7079 6923

Southern and Eastern Region Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS Phil Gowan: pgowan@tuc.org.uk t: 020 7467 1238 Rob Hancock: rhancock@tuc.org.uk t: 020 7467 1369

Jackie Williams Education and Training Officer jwilliams@tuc.org.uk t: 020 7079 6924 Martin Hegarty Education and Training Officer mhegarty@tuc.org.uk t: 020 7079 6946 Craig Hawkins Online Learning Officer chawkins@tuc.org.uk t: 020 7079 6947 Anna Kalsi E-Learning Support Officer akalsi@tuc.org.uk t: 020 7079 6957

Midlands Region 24 Livery Street, Birmingham B3 2PA Pete Try: ptry@tuc.org.uk t: 0121 236 4454 Yorkshire and the Humber Region 33 Park Place, Leeds LS1 2RY Ian West: iwest@tuc.org.uk t: 0113 242 9296 Northern Region 5th Floor, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QE Ian West: iwest@tuc.org.uk t: 0191 232 3175 South West Region Ground Floor, Church House, Church Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7BD Marie Hughes: mhughes@tuc.org.uk t: 0117 947 0521 Wales Transport House, 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF1 9SD Julie Cook: jcook@tuc.org.uk t: 029 2034 7010 North West Region 2nd Floor, Orleans House, Edmund Street, Liverpool L3 9NG Pete Holland: pholland@tuc.org.uk t: 0151 236 5366 Scotland 4th Floor, John Smith House, 145–165 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 4RZ Harry Cunningham: hcunningham@tuc.org.uk t: 0141 221 8545

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