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  • Organising Apprentices:Why should we bother and why might they?
  • This session
    The need to recruit and organise apprentices and young workers generally
    Issues around engaging young workers
    Some solutions
    Capacity, support and resources
  • Unions and Young Workers
    UNION DENSITY WORKERS AGED16-24
    9.6%
    UNION DENSITY NATIONALLY
    27.4%
  • Barriers identified
    Lack
    of
    awareness
    Outdated
    and
    militant
    Cost vs. proof
    of benefits
    Fear
    of
    isolation
  • I don’t need a union
    It is impossible to get sacked, because you have got to get a warning, a verbal warning, a so and so warning
     
    I don’t really see how they can help me. If I have got a problem I will go to my line manager. Some of the people I work for are really approachable so I have got enough people at work and procedures in line to look after me I think. I don’t need a union.
     
    Things have changed slightly if you have an industrial dispute now there are much more options open to you to be able to find somebody to help you fight your cause…. The internet is full of places you can go to and people who want to help you sort yourself out…that probably did not exist 10-20 years ago
  • Articulate the benefits
    • Young people want to know that unions can do for them
    Why though? I don’t have a decent reason, no one has come and told me this is what we do for you, this is what will be different. I am not just going to randomly join something hoping that it might be better. If they want me to join they can come and tell me why.
    • Link to the issues that they are most likely to care and be concerned about!
  • Be clear and accessible (don’t assume any knowledge)
    If they broke down the language that they used to make it a bit more open
    It’s quite convoluted, it always sounds like 2% of 10% of this
    People don’t want to go to long boring meetings and get minutes of meetings to try and work out what happened last time. They want quick accessible information
  • The effect of asking
  • Moving forward
  • Activity
    Thinking about your union branch and workplace
    Where are there likely to be apprentices
    What is your current capacity to recruit and organise them ?
    What barriers might you face?
    What resources do you need?
    Any further support from the TUC
  • Checklist
    Access to new starters (not just inductions)
    Materials
    Whats the hook – what would make them bother?
    Individual and collective
    Return visits
    Visible campaign for quality apprenticeships
  • Resources
    www.tuc.org.uk/skills
  • Resources
    www.tuc.org.uk/organisation