Core programme Additional bitesize courses

Winning on equality

Why is it important that we tackle ‘under-representation’? Why is it important for union reps to be equalities aware? This session explores why is it important for the union to lead the way on equalities if we are going to win on other issues.

Duration: 2 hours approx

Course requirements: Nil

 

What do we mean by organising?

Unions are full of jargon. And it ‘goes without saying’ that any organisation needs to be well-organised to work properly. So, what does it mean for a union to be well organised? And why is that so important for the success of our campaigns? This short session explores some of the key concepts of successful trade unionism – and de-mystifies the ‘buzz words’.

Duration: 2 hours approx.

Course requirements: Nil

 

Talking union (1 to 1 conversations)

The aim of this short session is to allow participants to reflect on how we can successfully engage with ‘difficult’ conversations with people who either do not want to join the union or who do not support a particular union position.

Duration: 2 hours approx.

Course requirements: Nil

 

Mapping and charting

The key to your union branch winning on issues is knowing where you are weak or strong. Have you ‘mapped’ your members and non-members? Have you considered under-representation, and whether your reps ‘look like’ the overall workforce? What are the most effective ways of getting mapping information? We also suggest ideas for going ‘beyond mapping’, to ‘chart’ issues, and test engagement to gauge whether you are ready to press the ‘launch button’ for your campaign.

Duration: 2 hours approx.

Course requirements: Nil

 

Running PCS induction sessions

More members means a stronger union. And the best time to recruit a colleague to the union is when they have just joined the organisation. Most employers afford the union a short slot to talk to the new starters, and the best person to convince new starters of the reasons to join PCS is you – the local reps.

This session talks you through a short presentation you can deliver and discusses tips for recruitment and considers ways of handling the most common tricky questions.

Duration: 2 hours approx

Course requirements: Nil

 

Why members don’t vote

Explore the potential gap between members feeling of dissatisfaction and even anger, and them voting to take action to win improved pay or other conditions.

Duration: 2 hours approx

Course requirements: Nil

 

Six steps to winning

This session has been specifically designed to talk reps and members through the steps and tasks every union branch must take to ensure that we are ready to mount a winning campaign.

Duration: 2 hours approx

Course requirements: Nil

 

Structured conversations: 6 steps of communication

‘Overcoming objections’ is a key personal skill for trade unionists. This session gives you a structured approach where you can practise techniques like ‘inoculation’, ‘framing the hard choice’, and agitating on issues.

Duration: 2 hours approx

Course requirements: Nil

 

Developing networks

Utilising appropriate technology (texts, WhatsApp, personal email) we can get messages out very easily today if we want to quickly get things done. This session explores ideas and tips for building up an effective ‘action network’ amongst your activists and members.

Duration: 2 hours approx

Pre-requisite: Nil

 

Strategic planning for branches (critical path analysis)

Fail to plan, and you, sadly, plan to fail. This fun session gives you a simple but effective method for charting a way forward for your branch campaign to succeed.

Duration: 2 hours approx

Course requirements: Nil

 

Mentoring new reps

You can’t do it all, and you won’t always be around. Vital to building a strong union branch is ensuring others will carry on your good work. This session explores succession-planning; identify keen new reps and advocates; support their development as trade unionists; and ensure the health of the union for many years to come.

Duration: 2 hours approx

Course requirements: Nil

 

Identifying workplace leaders

Who are the most influential colleagues in your workplace? We would want them to be union people – but sometimes they’re not. Some may even talk the union down. This session gives some pointers for looking out for those influencers, and for getting them on board with our collective aims. Some may even make good reps.

Duration: 2 hours approx

Course requirements: Nil

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