Campaign to save the Union Learning Fund

Circular No. Ed/263/20

Date: 26/10/2020

TO: All Branches, Regional Councils

CAMPAIGN TO SAVE THE UNION LEARNING FUND

Colleagues,

Earlier this month, the TUC received notification from the Department for Education that they would cease to finance the Union Learning Fund from March 2021.

As many of you will know, this money allows the RMT and other TUC affiliates to support members and reps in accessing learning, education and training. This has been done successfully since 1998, widening access to workers. It’s been financially supported by all governments during this time. Last year the ULF supported over 200,000 workers.

The TUC have been lobbying politicians and government ministers about the decision, calling for it to be overturned. Today, to support those efforts, the TUC and our unions have launched the #SaveUnionLearning campaign. We don’t expect this will be done quickly, so this will be the first of many updates. We confident in our messages and evidence about why these politicians should support union learning and we’re sure that showing that so many people value and support it will change the decision.

Both RMT and the TUC will be lobbying politicians nationally and regionally, sharing case studies and the experience of learners, and showing the wide levels of support. With this in mind, the campaign asks RMT members to help with in the following ways:

Sign and share the petition
The TUC have launched an online petition to show how many people support the campaign. This petition needs as many signatures as possible, and this is one of many ways members and activists can show their support and then will receive updates with calls to action.

Sign the petition here – https://www.megaphone.org.uk/petitions/uk-gov-don-t-cut-union-learning and please share it on social media.

Tell us your union learning story
RMT knows union learning is important, RMT know it works, and independent statistics support this opinion. This campaign needs your stories to help tell the government why it must be protected. Please tell the campaign your story
Share your story here - https://tuccampaigns.typeform.com/to/WEbywm5J
and encourage others to do the same, or send it via your Learning Organiser or local ULR.

More information on this campaign can be found on the TUC website, following the link below.
https://www.tuc.org.uk/campaigns/dont-let-government-cut-union-learning

Yours sincerely


Mick Cash
General Secretary

Please contact your relevant Learning Organiser if you have any questions or comments, or for further details please contact the RMT Learning team at 02075298820