Skills for Strength 2022

The Skills for Strength Convention took place on Saturday 12 March 2022 at The Mechanics Institute in Central Manchester.

Presentations from Skills for Strength 2022 have been made public and you can find them below:

Skills for Strength 2022 presentations:

Strategic Planning and Power Analysis: a Workshop on Union Resurgence – Professor Jane Holgate

Winning Big for HCAs - Organising for Fair Pay –Manchester Uni Healthcare Branch and UNISON Health Team

Building A Powerful Union Through Developing Workplace Contacts - Bob Kelly, UNISON NW LAOS Team

How to turn digital mobilising into organising - Lieke Smits (FNV)

Delivering Successful Industrial Action Ballots At Scale – UNISON NW Disputes Team

Organising Against Hate Crime – UNISON NW SOGs

Increasing Branch Visibility in the Age of COVID – Diane Warren, UNISON NW LAOS Team

Beating the Corporate Giants – Winning Insourcing Through Collective Action –UNISON NW Strategic Organising Unit Team

Save Our Shops – Challenging Cuts to Public Services – UNISON Liverpool City Branch

The Indispensables: why do essential workers often receive low wages, great insecurity and high work pressure? - Lieke Smits (FNV)

You can view the full Skills for Strength 2022 programme here.


Registration for Skills for Strength 2023 will open in January 2023.

Skills for Strength is a convention for UNISON members in the North West Region, bringing us together with other trade unionists from across our region, country and from across the globe to share ideas, best practice and skills.

This is a practical, workshop-based event to help you win in the workplace, build our union and improve people’s working lives.

A host of exciting speakers will be announced shortly, but for now registration is open to all North West UNISON activists and North West UNISON members who are looking to get more involved. Registration and attendance at the event is free, including lunch and refreshments, but registrants will need to claim any travel expenses incurred from their UNISON branch, with their permission.

A number of accommodation places are available for activists who are travelling a significant distance from Manchester to attend, and you can apply for one of these places as part of the registration process.

If you would prefer to register using a paper form, you can download a word format registration form here.


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