Workfare failed and the government know it!

Workfare failed and the government know it!

Workfare failed and the government know it!

 

Yesterday saw a major victory in the battle against the dreadful and failing Workfare schemes rolled out nationally in 2013.The Department of Work & Pensions has very quietly scrapped both their 6 month and 4 week workfare and mandatory work schemes. They will not renew the contracts with the different providers, effectively bringing the schemes to an end by 2017.

Under the Workfare scheme Community Work Placements which involve a six month’s forced full time work for the long term …

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The true value of apprenticeships

The true value of apprenticeships

The true value of apprenticeships

 

I will let you into a secret of mine. Ever since starting secondary education, I’ve thought university is not all its let on to be.

But that won’t stop the pretentiousness and snobbery found around large parts of academic institutions, from the back patting exercise for getting into university X, to the endless amounts of money you need to study, but still it’s virtually taboo to have an alternative view.

Many have left school with A Levels, going straight into employment opportunities, which …

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Workers Memorial Day

Workers Memorial Day

Workers Memorial Day – We will never forget

 

The 28th April is Workers’ Memorial Day, a day to remember all those who left for work and never returned homes. Every year more people die at work than they do in wars, this is not because of “tragic accidents” its because some employers have a blatant disregard for their employees safety and well being. Workers memorial day commemorates those who have fallen but also highlights the continuing battle to make health and safety of employees at top …

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Maidstone Needs a Pay Rise

Maidstone Needs a Pay Rise

Maidstone Needs a Pay Rise

This weekend Maidstone was gripped by the Trade Union Congresses ‘Britain Needs a Pay Rise’ campaign which saw Young Members launching a petition calling on Maidstone Borough Council & Kent County Council to pay all staff a Living Wage. The Living Wage is the independently verified amount of money needed to maintain a basic standard of living currently set at £7.85 outside of London and £9.15 per hour in London.

 

 

Elliot Dean the Southern & Eastern Region Young Members Network chair said “Everyone …

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MidKent College – Fair Pay Fortnight

MidKent College – Fair Pay Fortnight

MidKent College – Fair Pay Fortnight

Last Thursday I went to the ‘apprentice restaurant’ at MidKent College Maidstone campus and spoke about the importance of the living wage as part of the Trade Union Congress’s Fair Pay Fortnight campaign. From 16 February to 1 March 2015 the TUC is running Fair Pay Fortnight, a series of events across the country that will raise awareness about Britain’s cost of living crisis.

 

Elliot Dean speaks at Mid Kent College Maidstone about Fair Pay Fortnight

 

 

Its extremely important that people of …

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Young Workers Month

Young Workers Month

Young Workers Month

November is Young Workers Month and I was asked to write an article on the 2015 general election and how it will effect young people:

 

Thursday 7 May 2015 should be a date that sticks out in everyone’s mind but I’m sure it’s a day that will pass many people by without so much as a pause from the daily grind. It’s a day that will see many young people miss their one opportunity to say who should run the country for the next …

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Millennium walk footpath repaired!

Millennium walk footpath repaired!

Millennium walk bridges repaired!

I have been campaigning recently to see the Millennium walk footpath bridges between Teston Country Park and Barming Bridge repaired. The footpath become damaged during the Christmas floods when the footpath bridges were swept out of place. This was stopping lots of people enjoying the walk through a stunning part of the Kent countryside.

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

I can happily report due to the pressure I have been putting on Kent County Council, who is responsible for the path, the bridges have now been fixed. Some …

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My work with the Readymade Garments Workers Federation

My work with the Readymade Garments Workers Federation

My work with the Readymade Garments Workers Federation (RGWF)

 

I recently attended the Global Labour Institute summer school 2014. I’m proud to say because of my performance at the summer school I will now be working with trade unions around the world. I have been invited to visit various parts of Asia to see what struggles workers face first hand. I will be visiting Bangladesh later this year to advise colleagues from the Readymade Garments Workers Federation (RGWF) on what action can be taken to …

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Global Labour Institute – International Summer School 2014

Global Labour Institute – International Summer School 2014

Global Labour Institute (GLI) – International Summer School 2014

 

Global Labour Institute International Summer School 2014

Last week I spent the week away in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, where I attended the Global Labour Institute – International Summer School 2014 from 7-11th of July 2014. I was elected as a delegate to attend the summer school by the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU).The summer school covered topics from how to organise globally to what we need to do to combat climate change. I will be …

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GMB elect SERTUC delegate

GMB elect SERTUC delegate

GMB elect Southern and Eastern region Trade Union Congress delegate

 

On the 20th April 2014 I was elected to represent the GMB union at the Southern and Eastern Trade Union Congress (SERTUC) young members network. SERTUC Young Members Network is a group that exists to enable young union members to network and lead campaigns on important issues. There are many issues affecting young people at work, and SERTUC is a forum for challenging these problems. Representing over 2 million young trade unionist in the region I’m …

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