Unionlearn has welcomed the OECD's latest jobs strategy, which highlights the positive benefits of collective bargaining – in particularly to develop workplace training. The learning and skills arm of the TUC was also pleased that its work was held up as an example of good practice in supporting workplace learning.
The OECD report, “Good Jobs for All in a Changing World of Work”, recognises that the digital revolution, globalisation and demographic changes are transforming labour market and says that unions and employers have an important role to play and can work together in “shaping education and training to make them more relevant to current needs of the labour market.”
The report recognised that a lot of learning will takes place in the workplace and that
the engagement of employers and unions in the design, implementation and financing of skill development opportunities is critical to raising participation in job-related training.”
The OECD pointed to the fact that in many counties trade unions work to promote and manage training for workers, going on to acknowledge the work of unionlearn saying that:
Unionlearn … assists its members in the delivery of learning opportunities and the management of the Union Learning fund. This initiative has been particularly successful in recruiting low-skilled workers into training courses.”
Unionlearn has long championed bargaining for skills, with unions and reps negotiating a wide range of learning opportunities and skills development from functional skills to higher level degrees.
Unionlearn Director Kevin Rowan said:
Unionlearn welcomes the OECD report, its recognition of the importance of collective bargaining to support workplace skills and learning and its acknowledgment of the important work unionlearn does to support workers.”
As unionlearn begins the 20th year of the Union Learning Fund it’s increasingly clear that trade unions, employers and government working together provides the best route to lifelong learning for working people.”
The full report can be found on the OECD Page.