Friday, 10 August 2012

Building Unite Community Membership

A group of Unite community members in Leeds have been on a weekly basis helping to promote Unites community membership scheme by standing outside Job Centre’s in the Leeds area.
 Along with promoting this exciting initiative outside Job centre’s they previously held a stall outside Leeds University before the student’s broke up for leave to try and attract student’s to join up. Alongside making a physical presence in Leeds they regularly hold a meeting once a week to plan and discuss what worked well to what didn’t to plotting the direction of where to go next in terms of how to attract more members.

They have set up a Facebook group called “Leeds unemployment action group” where those in the Leeds area who happen to be unemployed or on benefits can communicate with one another and offer advice.
The group has been going since May 2012. As part of actively promoting Unite they hold regular protest against businesses that take part in the coalition’s workfare programme as they believe this ties in with the ethos of Unite community membership of promoting the important value of being in a trade union Solidarity and comradeship.  They will continue the campaign to set up a community branch in Leeds and are looking forward to the appointment of a Community Membership Organiser for North East Yorkshire & Humberside in September. This should lead to more resources and a direct plan of action implemented on a consistent basis throughout the region.    


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