TUC confirms creation of union academy

The
TUC has officially confirmed the creation of a trade union academy to train
union activists up to university level so they can better compete with business
in negotiations.

The
TUC claims the academy – first uncovered by Personnel Today two weeks ago –
will help employers meet skills needs, assist working people get on at work and
in their personal life, and spearhead the drive for the nation to overcome
skills problems.

However,
Roger Lyons, TUC president, said the academy could provide difficulties for
employers.

“A
university level academy for trade unions is a big challenge to the world of
industrial relations,” he told Personnel Today. “We will be more informed, more
professional and more able to cope with the new pressures. I’m not certain if
employers put up the kind of people who can handle that.”

For
the full interview with Roger Lyons, see today’s issue of Personnel Today

By Michael Millar

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