Port worker Ashley wins TUC Northern ULR award

This weekend union reps from across the Northern Region gathered at the Great North Museum in Newcastle for Northern TUC’s Annual Conference.

Ashley is presented with his award by Beth Farhat

A popular part of the annual event was the regional union reps awards, and this year the Union Learning Rep award was presented to Ashley Hurst.

Ashley is a member of Unite the union and works at PD ports in Teesport and has been a ULR for two years, he represents workers across a 640 miles radius.

One of his biggest achievements has been to build the infrastructure of the trade union, recruiting and supporting 14 other reps across the business - three fellow ULRs and with two safety reps and nine workplace reps.

Ashley has worked closely with the Union learning Fund team to develop a programme of CDP courses and a skills offer that will be open for all employees to access following the signing of a learning agreement with the company.

TUC Northern Regional Secretary Beth Farhat, presented Ashley with his award and said:

I’d like to congratulate Ashley on winning this year’s Union Learning Rep award and also pay tribute the hundreds of fellow ULRs who work tirelessly across the region to support colleagues at work improve their skills.”

The union rep awards are an annual recognition of the contribution union reps make and are a chance to highlight the invaluable difference that reps make to people at work every day.”