Union launches TV channel to reach out to young workers

Britain’s first trade union television channel is to launch this weekend as the movement bids to woo young workers.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) will broadcast CWU TV on Sunday 31 August on Sky Digital channel 167 and Freesat channel 406, and simultaneously online at www.information.tv.

Kevin Slocombe, CWU head of communications, said: “CWU TV is the first made-for-television venture by any UK trade union. This raises the game for trade union communications and puts the CWU in the forefront of modern trade union communications.”

He added that the channel would show the importance of unions in modern workplaces, and boost their influence among young workers.

“CWU TV is an exciting and innovative project that will put trade union issues from the communications sector in easy reach of anyone who is interested in real-life issues,” he said.

The first 30-minute programme will be presented by ex-BBC news presenter Emma Howard, and will focus on pensions, the liberalisation of the postal service, and the union’s youth movement, as well as an interview with CWU general secretary Billy Hayes.

CWU TV will then broadcast on Sundays at 6pm, Tuesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 4pm.

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