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The TUC calls on the government to create a new public holiday between now and Christmas.

Join the CLIC meeting on Monday evening to keep Channel 4 public. And connect with workers from across the region to rekindle the flame of rank-and-file organising at the LaborNotes training on Tuesday evening.

Register for Congress 2021 to get the latest news, information, documents and fringe event details.

And sign up for the new courses at Bradford College. We're now offering Health & Safety Stage 1 and Certificate in Employment Law as face-to-face courses.

There's also the latest issue of MediaNorth's newsletter with a link to access this.

News

TUC calls for creation of four more bank holidays to improve “stingy” entitlement

The TUC is calling on the government to create four new public holidays, as workers enjoy the last long weekend of the summer. 

Workers in England and Wales get just 8 bank holidays a year, which is far fewer than other countries.  

Within the UK, workers in Scotland do best with 11 public holidays this year, followed by Northern Ireland with 10. 

In the EU, every country gets more public holidays than the UK. And the EU average is 12.8 days, which is almost 5 days more than UK workers get.   

Romania, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland and Cyprus top the EU table, with 15 days each – nearly twice as many public holidays as workers in England and Wales. 

Beyond Europe, workers in other major economies get more public holidays too. This year there are 17 public holidays in Japan, 12 in Australia and 11 in China and New Zealand.  

Events

TUC Yorkshire & the Humber Creative and Leisure Industries Committee online public meeting | Monday 6 September | 6 pm

Keep Channel 4 public!

Speakers: Sally Joynson, Screen Yorkshire; Noel McLean, BECTU General Secretary; Granville Williams, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom North; Johnbosco Nwogbo, We Own It; to be confirmed: Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT); Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire and Equity member. Chair: Joanne Thomas, TUC Yorkshire & the Humber Chair.

Currently, Channel 4 is publicly owned but commercially funded. This means it can put public service before profit, at zero cost to the taxpayer.

Unions fear that a privatised Channel 4 would result in a poorer offering for viewers in terms of news coverage, innovative programming and nurturing UK talent. The government's plans to privatise it will end the broadcaster's special model of relying on independent production companies to make programmes, and reinvesting profits in new shows. If it becomes privately owned, Channel 4 will not be required to do this, which will hurt the many small production companies it works with. What's more, it will have no legislative duty to nurture new talent or reflect diversity in the UK. This could affect employment opportunities for creative workers from under represented backgrounds.

From It's A Sin to Peep Show to Rocks, the broadcaster has helped make the UK's creative sector a force to be reckoned with. Help keep it that way by calling on the culture secretary to keep Channel 4 public.

Register at Eventbrite to join the online public meeting

Also, don't forget to:
Sign the petition
Write to your MP and ask them sign Early Day Motion 164, Channel 4's role as a public service broadcaster
Respond to the government's consultation by 14 September 2021, 11.45pm.
If the livelihoods of anyone you know could be affected by the privatisation of Channel 4, or you have views about the government's proposals, please tell the DCMS directly 

It's not just those who work in the media who could be affected. It's also those who work for businesses making sets and scenery, supplying cabs and accommodation, hiring out lighting and other equipment, checking accounts or cleaning offices.
 
The opinion of anyone and everyone who watches Channel 4, E4, More 4, Film 4, 4/7 and 4 Music is important. The more people who email comments to the DCMS the better.

TUC Yorkshire & the Humber: Beating apathy in your workplace training | Tuesday 7 September | 7pm

From the Secrets of a Successful Organiser Training: Beating Apathy

Are you at your wits end trying to get other workers involved in your union? This workshop is for you!


Learn practical organising tools for engaging your co-workers, taking action, and getting results. We'll share skills and hear success stories from those who’ve turned their workplaces around and turned apathy into action. Connect with workers from across the region to rekindle the flame of rank-and-file organising!

Register now.

Sign up for Congress 2021

As we recover from the pandemic, how do we build a world of work that gives everyone the dignity and fairness we deserve?

Every trade unionist is invited to join us online for three days of discovery and debate at Congress 2021.

What to expect

Between Sunday 12 September and Tuesday 14 September, union members across the UK are meeting online to discuss how we build stronger unions and mobilise for a new deal for workers. We’ll have debates on investing in a green economy, with good unionised jobs. We’ll discuss tackling racism, highlighting the work of the TUC’s Anti-Racism Task Force. And we’ll campaign for an overdue pay rise for our key workers and an end to the scandal of fire and rehire.

We’ll hear from Leader of the Opposition Keir Starmer and TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady, as well as union leaders, activists and key workers. A full online fringe events programme offers everyone a deeper chance to engage on issues they care about.

Register today to get the latest news, information, key documents, and fringe event details (we have over 30 events for you to choose from!). And please share with friends and colleagues on Facebook and Twitter using #TUC21

Learning

New courses at Bradford College

We're pleased to be offering two face-to-face courses at Bradford college.

TUC Health and Safety Stage 1 Course, starting Monday 27 September. The essential course for workplace safety reps.

Health and safety at work is always a major issue for all employees. Workplaces that have trade union health and safety reps have a significantly lower rate of accidents.

If you are a newly appointed safety rep, this is the course for you.

This course will run in the classroom on Mondays for 12 weeks.
Sign up now

TUC Certificate in Employment Law, starting Tuesday 28 September. This course is designed for union reps who have already completed the TUC Stage 1 or equivalent.

This is a practical training course, designed for trade union workplace reps. It approaches the law from this perspective and its principal concern is how knowledge of and confidence in using employment law can improve workplace bargaining. It is not aimed at legal professionals or the finer points of technical interpretation of the law.

This course will run in the classroom on Tuesdays for 12 weeks.
Sign up now

Announcements

TUC Yorkshire & the Humber vacancy

Project Officer - Skills Yorkshire and the Humber
Location: 
Leeds LS11 5PS
Salary: £43,068 per annum rising incrementally to £43,930 pa
Contract type: Temporary
Position type: Full Time

We’re excited to offer this collaborative opportunity to work with the TUC and Sheffield city region to deliver this joint skills project which includes developing strategies to increase quality apprenticeship opportunities and identify skills gaps and growth opportunities in the region.

What Experience, Skills, Knowledge and understanding do you need?

  • You’ll be experienced working with trade unions on learning and skills
  • You’ll have good negotiating and advocacy skills
  • You’ll have an excellent understanding of union learning and government policies and practice on learning and skills

If this is you, we’d love to hear from you. Take a look at our job description and person specification for more information.

Closing date Friday 10 September.

MediaNorth Autumn issue out now

You can now get the latest issue of MediaNorth with articles on Channel 4, bloggers, Home Office security proposals and lots more. 

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