Job role: TU liaison officer
This is a key role for LI and offers an opportunity to become involved in and contribute towards LP policy and campaigns work. Because of the geographical spread of LI members much of this work will need to be done online.
You can choose how to focus your role and what to make your priority depending on what needs are identified by members and the LIEC.
- To assist in fostering contacts and support with trade unions.
- To encourage LI members to join a Trade union in their country of residence and/or retain membership in UK based trades unions.
The role really is what you make of it. This is a chance to build a strong local campaigning presence and to develop vibrant relationships between trades unions and the Party The actual content and focus of the work is decided and agreed with the LIEC as part of the development plan process however the remit is explained below:
Your role could include:
- Work alongside political education co-ordinator to encourage Trade Unions involvement in cross-cutting policy objectives
- Keep members informed of Trade Union activity relevant to the Labour party
- Lead on CLP attendance on demonstrations called or supported by Trade Unions
- Provide a report of activities undertaken in line with development plan reporting process
- To develop the role and undertake other duties as appropriate
- Build strong links between the CLP and UK trade unions, in order to give affiliated trade unionists an effective voice within the local Party.
- Be the first line of communication between the CLP and union contacts.
- Grow the joint campaigning capacity of the local Party and trade unions.
- Ensure dialogue between local and UK trade union members, officials and Labour’s elected representatives.
- Organise events and campaigning in order to increase and deepen the relationship with trade unionists.
- Knowledge of the trade union movement
- Ability to identify and analyse political, social and economic issues.
- A commitment to incorporating diversity perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of under-represented people.
- Demonstrate an openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
- An understanding of trade union organisation and issues.
- Have good written and verbal skills
- Friendly and approachable
- Have initiative and the ability to offer new ideas
- Willing to work as part of a team and the ability to motivate and persuade
- Being analytical
- Valuing others’ ideas and expertise, and a willingness to learn from others
Lines of Communication
You will be a voting member of the Labour International Executive Committee (LIEC) and would be required to attend LIEC, General Committee and All Members meetings.
Approximately 5 hours a month but this will increase considerably during General Election or other campaigns. You will need to be available to attend LI meetings at weekends, including LIEC, general committee and all members meetings.
How to Apply
Please write a personal statement of 150 words stating the skills you can bring pointing out how you would develop this new role.
This role is open to job share.