CWU communications triumph again
2nd July 2012
Walking away with two of the seven awards, the CWU communications team joined a host of UK trade union communicators at Congress House in London for the annual TUC Comms awards. Recognising the hard work and efforts of trade unions standing their ground in a tough economic and political climate, the event highlighted the significance of clear and direct communication as more important now than ever.
Tasked with handing out the awards, TUC general secretary, Brendan Barber (right) said in his opening address that this was his 14th and last of these awards ceremonies as he prepares to step down as general secretary later in the year.
Proving our worth as a campaigning organisation, the CWU once again won the award for best campaign for the 'Save Mount Pleasant Nursery' campaign. Accepting the award, CWU campaigns manager, John Colbert (left), said: "This is poignant on many levels not only because the campaign centred around the care of our members' children but also because it was community based and goes to the heart of how the government's cuts are affecting the innocent. We would like to thank the parents and the children at the nursery for their support, without which this campaign would not have been such a success."
Picking up the award for best use of photo/illustration was CWU's Voice editor, Simon Alford (pictured with Brendan Barber), who said: "We're pleased our flyer highlighting the union's dangerous dogs campaign, Bite Back, has triumphed in this category. Although it has the shock factor, with blood and gore, what is more shocking is what the images reveal - the true nature of the brutal attacks suffered by our members over the years.
This campaign has been a long-standing one which continues to gain support and momentum. Currently the government is collecting submissions for yet another consultation in preparation, we hope, to strengthen the laws governing dangerous dogs."
Pleased with the results, head of CWU communications, Kevin Slocombe, commented: "With 12 awards in four years, I can only thank and congratulate my team for their continued hard work and dedication. With tough competition from a range of other unions, I am proud that we walked away with best use of photo/illustration and best campaign for the third year running. Churning out award-winning campaigns is not only a triumph for the communications teams but for the union and its members as well."
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