Communities urged to form union branches

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RETIRED people, students and the unemployed are being urged to attend a meeting about setting up community trade union branches to campaign for neighbourhood improvements.

The event, at The University of Sheffield, is taking place from 5pm on Monday at The Octagon, Western Bank, and has been organised by the Unite trade union.

Unite recently appointed Joe Rollin as community coordinator for the Yorkshire region to bring together groups not covered by traditional trade union membership, so that they can get involved in coordinated campaigns in their area.

Joe, from Barnsley, said: “Across Yorkshire, communities feel like they don’t have a voice. Unite community membership is going to help change that.

“We are holding this meeting to set up the first community branch in the region to act as a conduit for action - this meeting is open to all interested members of the public.

“What we are trying to achieve could be something as simple as getting a zebra crossing put in on a busy road, saving a local library, or supporting people in navigating the benefits system.”

The event is free and there is no need to book places in advance.