Labour Councillor Max Holloway is launching a ‘Join a Union’ fund for residents in the Howlands ward of Welwyn Garden City, and will be using this coming months Councillor allowance to fund the scheme.
The £300 fund aims to help residents experiencing financial uncertainty amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. It will provide the first month’s union payment to residents of Howlands who want to join a union but cannot afford the payment. The scheme will be operate on a first come-first served basis.
Councillor Holloway said: “In these challenging times one of the best things you can do to protect yourself is join a union – they play an important part in making sure employees have a strong voice in their workplace.”
“Some of our lowest paid workers don’t always have the money available to join a trade union. That’s why I want to do what little I can to bring some help and reassurance to those residents in Howlands.”
“Given the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, people are understandably concerned with a wide range of workplace issues, from being told to return to work prematurely, to not actually having a job to go back to. Being a member of a recognised trade union in your workplace, that has your back, has never been more important.”
Residents of Howlands can apply here: www.whlabour.org.uk/HowlandsUnionFund
You can find out more about which union is right for you by visiting the Trades Union Congress’s website at https://www.tuc.org.uk/join-union