Grievance & discipline workshop gets thumbs up from reps

CWU representatives working for Computacenter - an independent provider of IT structures - have thanked the union's national leadership and the education and training department for organising an "extremely useful" industrial relations workshop .

Taking place at the union's headquarters, the event dealt with issues ranging from grievance and discipline preparation to employment legislation and negotiation skills.

The "students" - Computacenter Lead Reps from four far flung branches - Ken DeSouza (Capital Branch), Ian Lawrie (Scotland No. 1), Chris Evans (South Wales Branch) and Dave Stewart (East Midlands) - all gave their seal of approval to the two days of training and workshops.

Ian, speaking on behalf of the four said that the course had been "fantastic" and added: "It's been an extremely useful opportunity, not only to more fully understand the agreements and procedures the union has with Computacenter but also to network with other CWU officials including our national officer Colin O'Callaghan (pictured centre with delegates).

Colin O'Callaghan with students

Colin, who has overall responsibility for Computacenter members in the parts of the company where the CWU is recognised, said: "It's clear from the feedback that this industrial relations workshop is going to be really useful for everyone involved - It is a strategic objective of the union to create self-sustaining organisations within companies where we have recognition. In Computacenter we have an excellent team of Lead Reps that already conduct their own negotiations with the employer on behalf of the CWU. This training will enable them to take another step forward in dealing with Computacenter/CWU business in-house."

And CWU Telecoms & Financial Services Executive member Tracey Fussey who helped facilitate the workshop said that she had not only been extremely impressed by the "positive and enthusiastic" contributions from the Reps but that she'd also found their eagerness to learn "absolutely inspirational" and added that she had "learnt absolutely loads" from the branch activists in relation to Computcenter policies and practices.

"They make you proud to be part of this union," she said.

Trish Lavelle
The union's head of education and training Trish Lavelle thanked everyone who took part and helped organise the course, which, she said: "Is something we hope we can repeat in the future.

"These more informal events can be extremely useful to reps out there on the front line dealing with serious and day to day issues on behalf of our membership."

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