Steven Warwick of Natural England branch has received the 2017 Congress Award for Youth, recognising the work and achievements of young trade unionists.
Every year the TUC asks unions to nominate a young member who has been particularly active in organising and recruiting young workers. PCS nominated Steven Warwick and he received his award at Congress in Brighton today (12).
Steven was the youngest member of the Defra group executive committee, branch secretary for Natural England and also held other positions within his branch and group as well as having regional and national young members’ roles.
Steven has written and delivered training to young members on the importance of organising and being active in the trade union movement. He has also acted as a mentor to new young members’ convenors.
In his own workplace he has taken an active lead in recruitment and the activity level amongst the young workers in his workplace (who are all under 27) has continued to grow thanks to Steven’s commitment, dedication and hard work.
Steven took a lead in the campaign for permanent posts within Natural England. The campaign achieved the living wage for all temporary, predominantly young, workers there and confirmed 120 permanent jobs.
Steven is involved in local community groups and campaigns including Stand Up to Racism. He works with young trade union members to encourage participation in democratic processes, encouraging voting and young members standing for election.