Unions asked to fight for modernisation funding

Trade unions have been asked to bid for a share in the government’s union modernisation fund.

Between £5m and £10m will be available, over a number of years, to support innovative projects including:

  • training union representatives, in areas such as business and people management, to help promote the development of high-performance workplaces

  • reviewing internal union structures and organisation and to support more efficient management systems within unions

  • enabling unions to broaden their dialogue with members throught the greater use of the internet and other new technology

Employment relations minister Gerry Sutcliffe said: “This fund is to help unions get to grips with the major challenges they face in a modern, changing workplace.

“I am keen to see quality proposals that will make a difference to unions, their members and business.”

The fund, created by the Employment Relations Act 2004, will not be available for the day-to-day work of unions or supporting recruitment drives.

Applications close on 3 October, with the government informing successful bidders by the end of the year.

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