Unite celebrates migrant workers’ new skills

Dozens of migrant workers who have learned crucial language skills through Unite’s pioneering United Migrant Workers Education Programme (UMWEP) celebrated their latest achievements at a one-day event at the union’s London headquarters in the run-up to Christmas.

United Migrant Workers Education Programme

The annual celebration, which is always held as close as possible to International Migrants Day, included a detailed workshop on the key issues about Brexit for migrant workers, a participatory theatre workshop about negotiation and power plus songs by the Latin American Community Choir, dance by Expresion Inka and Moroccan music.

Unite’s Director of Education Jim Mowatt presented certificates of achievement to the latest cohort of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learners.

Jim, who has helped support the programme’s development since it originally launched 11 years ago, said: 

UMWEP is a big programme for Unite that illustrates the union at its very best."

London & Eastern Regional Learning Organiser Carlos Cruz-Garcia said he felt proud of all the learners who have taken part in the programme for the way they confront the barriers that face them every day.

Carlos said:

UMWEP is a remarkable community institution where vulnerable workers can get education – one of the most important things for human beings.”

We feel proud of Unite because they are fighting with us to get dignity and respect in the workplace.”

This story first appeared in the Spring 2019 edition of The Learning Rep.