SUE are very keen that our activists are trained in their respective roles as Stewards, Health and Safety Reps and Union Learning Reps to give reps both the skills and the confidence to be active within the union.
SUE organises a 2 day course for new and/or future SUE activists which runs fairly regularly.
The course broadly covers:
· The History of SUE
· The structure of SUE including the role and functions of SUE National/Branch/Executive Officers
· Current bargaining agenda within UNISON at national/regional level
· Recruiting and organising SUE members
· UNISON’s Grievance and Disciplinary Policies – case studies – introduction to representing SUE members
· Links with GFTU
· Relations with other unions
To register interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Time off to attend should be requested from your line manager in the first instance.
Accommodation and travel expenses are be met by SUE
We also continue to work with the GFTU to offer courses for SUE Stewards and Health and Safety Reps.
Here are some quotes from SUE members who have attended our training.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the course, it was very informative explaining more about SUE’s national structure and aims. The tasks were spot on for getting the whole group to participate, which was encouraged by the tutors delivery. I attended the course with a view to looking at possibly becoming a SUE Rep, I know now that I definitely want to take on the role.” Tracey
“The training was fantastic not only did I learn a lot it was a brilliant form of networking and also sharing each others experiences and best practice in other regions. Thanks to everyone for making it so enjoyable.” Gemma
“It has given me the confidence to look into policies and procedures and to question when they are not being followed” Paul
“I really enjoyed the course, it was very informative. As a SUE Branch Employed Staff member, I had thought it might be a bit ‘over my head’ and perhaps not as relevant to me as everyone else, this was certainly not the case and I was made to feel very welcome throughout the 2 days”. Julie