In July 2018, LO Norge (the Norwegian TUC) in Møre and Romsdal region invited TUC Yorkshire & the Humber and activists from the GMB and BFAWU unions to observe and participate in their annual summer patrol exercise targeting young workers.
This patrol operated on the basis of a business door-knock, where activists travelled from town to town, visiting businesses unannounced to speak to young workers about their conditions and rights at work.
Four young trade union delegates from Yorkshire took part, and observed an incredibly successful and inspiring project which:
Due to these factors, the patrol experience is a hugely positive first or early encounter with trade unionism both for young workers being interviewed, and for the activists participating in the patrol.
Our proposal is to test pilot this patrol model in Yorkshire, as a trade union best practice for engaging with young workers and encouraging a higher level of trade union activism from existing young trade unionists.
With 2019 voted the Year of Young Workers at the TUC’s 150th Congress in Manchester, TUC Yorkshire & the Humber's Regional Executive has voted to support a pilot of the Summer Patrol as the key young worker campaign in the region.
Following four successful test days in Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield, where we gained access to 90% of businesses canvassed, we will be pressing ahead with the full pilot scheme in South Yorkshire in June 2019.