The TUC undertakes policy and practical work and produces a wide range of publications on work-life balance, flexible working, and family friendly policies. You can request a publications list by phoning 020 7467 1294 or ordering online at www.tuc.org.uk/publications.
For more information on the TUC Changing Times process contact Jo Morris, Director of the Our Time project firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on family-friendly policies contact the Equal Rights Department at the TUC.
For documents on work-life balance, produced by the TUC, click here.
Many trade unions have a variety of information on working life and work-life balance. See here for a list of unions and their associated websites to browse through the wealth of information they provide on these subjects.
TUC Education offers an accredited programme which trains 30,000 union reps each year in the range of skills needed to represent trade union members. Courses include everything from the first steps as a new rep to employment and equality law, health and safety, the job of the learning rep, organising and recruitment, tackling racism at work and pensions. Joint training in health and safety and partnership at work is tailored to individual workplaces.
TUC Education offers an accredited programme of training in work-life balance for union reps and managers. Courses are held locally at Colleges of Further Education through TUC Units and a new online programme offers learning opportunities to those unable to access traditional provision.
For more information contact Liz Rees, National Education Officer, email@example.com
TUC National Education Centre
The TUC National Education Centre is the major provider of training and development services for professional trade union officers and staff. Services include a national programme of residential training for professional and personal development; online distance learning courses; assessment and advice for vocational qualifications; bespoke courses designed for individual unions; consultancy services; management training leading to nationally recognised qualifications and Investors in People advice and consultancy.
For details contact the Director, Linda Kelly, firstname.lastname@example.org
TUC Learning Services is working to create a learning culture within a climate of partnership at the workplace.
Changes in the economy over the last two decades have led to an increased demand for higher levels of skills and a renewed emphasis on the need to update skills continually throughout working life. Learning Services is active in the development of workplace learning centres, often linked to learndirect, and employee development schemes. Over 100 projects funded by the innovative Union Learning Fund have been instrumental in developing new approaches to basic skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening, number) and to training and supporting union learning reps at work.
TUC Learning Services website is at www.learningservices.org.uk
For more information contact the National Officer, Liz Smith, email@example.com
Launched in 2001, the TUC Partnership Institute is a centre for best practice in workplace partnerships. It promotes partnership between unions and employers which develop joint approaches to business strategy, employment issues and the management of change in order to help meet the aspirations of employees and unions for job security, upskilling and high levels of production. The Institute offers organisations expert facilitation and training, encourages innovation and supports and disseminates best practice.
The Partnership Institute website is at www.partnership-institute.org.uk
For details contact the Director, Paul Hitchcock, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cabinet Office also has a useful page on work-life balance in the civil service. Link below.
Institute for Employment Studies
Tel 020 7296 6600
Employers for Work-Life Balance
New Ways to Work
Peter Runge House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DG
Carers National Association (CNA)
Disability Rights Commission
Kids Club Network
Women Returners Network (WRN)
National Group on Homeworking
Higher Education Funding Council for England
Hazards Magazine: 'Get a Life!'
Please note that the TUC and the Industrial Society have made a joint video on work-life balance. See above for details (special trade union rates available).
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