CWUYouth Blogs

Blogs by Simon Sapper
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I am the national officer with responsibility for our young members.

Believe me, I have very little -if any- sympathy for the now Mr Fred Goodwin. But I am left feeling uncomfortable at what looks and smells to me li...
You'd be forgiven for thinking that the world has gone mad from recent news reports. Fracking has been given the "green light" (pah - can you thin...
Don't be fooled - latest job stats still mean a generation is ConDem-ed On one level, could the latest employment statistics published today are a...
There's lots of talk at the moment about the government increasing the penalty for those who refuse a work placement ordered by the DWP. At the sam...
There's been a minor avalanche of very positive media coverage over the "miraculous" growth in employment, revealed by the latest job stats publish...
CWU gearing up for 20 October
As the momentum continues to build for the 20 October TUC march and rally, fresh guidance and information has been issued by CWU HQ.  The briefing...
    8 October 2012 Let's just quickly run through why the announcement on housing benefit is ill-considered and counter-productive. Well, it t...
The CWUYouth and my own personal Twitter feeds have been humming this morning with outrage about Chancellor George Osborne's enthusiasm for employe...
Why Belfast is Important
Our National Youth Education Event kicks off in Belfast on Friday. This is our 11th year and I think it is worth remembering just why it is so impo...
(A version of this blog was  first posted on the TUC's Stronger Unions website and also Unionhome) At  our National youtgh Education  Event  in Be...
At last Saturday's annual Youth Conference, the question of housing and homelessness was once again very high on the agenda. The conference endors...
 "Around 1 in 15 of the CWU's young members will be a carer. All too often the reality of this role is under-reported or misunderstood.  But it aff...
Latest candidate for the title of "mad, bad deed of the day" comes with the news in this morning's papers (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/feb/13...
    27 March 2013 I am sure I am not alone in saying that there is something that makes me feel even colder than the current late winter we are...
A new  ETUC/Employer initiative on youth unemployment shouldn't be dismissed as just luke-warm words. It shows why the  new campaign launched by TU...
It has been a good, but busy weekend for CWUYouth. We had the London launch of the People's Assembly - fully supported by the CWU.  It is right th...
Three things caught my eye over the weekend that set the stage for a crucial month of activity for the CWU and CWUYouth.  First,  there  was a  gr...
Newspapers, radio and TV were full of the news that between April and June this year the UK economy expanded- or grew – 50% more than expected. Wow...
2 September 2013 I recently was privileged to see a new stage production of Robert Tressell's Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.  The original...
The so-called “Lobbying Bill” has created a huge amount of concern since it was published the day before Parliament rose for the summer recess in J...
    13 September 2013 Yesterday was an amazing day media-wise for our union.  But in all the debates, interviews, sound bites and speculation,...
Regular visitors to this site will be aware of CWU Youth, the Communication Workers Union's youth section designed specifically to engage and promo...
If you know anything about the CWU and anything about CWUYouth, you will also know that the weekend just gone saw our 13th National Youth Education...
A central theme of George Osborne'sAutumn statement today is that the government has not got as much money as it wants to have or thought it would...
The following blog was originally written for the Stronger Unions website and is reproduced here. TUC Young Workers' Month (November 2014) helpe...
As most readers will know, the CWU is affiliated to an organisation called Liberty.  This is a long established campaign group that champions and...
CWU Youth has been increasingly concerned about part-timers in our union. Youth Conference has adopted policy the union to discard the view of a...
The utterly appalling  and reactionary  howls that  greeted Rachel Reeve’s maternity leave plans (http://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/virgi...
Today, the ninth report of the Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee (BIS SC) on Competition in the postal services sector & the Univ...
CWUYouth has picked up the enthusiasm generated by street-poet Anthony Anaxagorou's performance at the CWU Youth Conference by once again hosting a...
So here we are at the beginning of the week after the week before.  We didn't dream it, and we weren't making it up.  We can't turn back the clock...
This autumn, MPs and peers will discuss the trade union bill – which threatens the basic right to strike. Before it can be debated, the government...
Midlands Youth has lift off!
The long-awaited first Midlands Regional Youth Education Event took place on Tuesday (8 September) in Birmingham, under the headline of “The Histor...
Today was a watershed moment in the campaign for a Robin Hood Tax: over a million actions have been taken demanding that banks pay their fair share...
The housing crisis is insane. Land hoarded. Rent unaffordable There is one problem with Mr Cameron’s plan for new homes: It won’t work. The impact...
It is now just three weeks until the 2015 National youth Education Event (NYEE).  We have a fantastic range of speakers on the key issues of the mo...
So just why the hell are we here. Why have  more than 60 of us  - mostly under 30 -  come to Birmingham (nice as it is) on a wet weekend at the end...
The dreadful recent events in Paris last week have heightened attention on the already controversial areas of surveillance and data collection, ret...
A new era for CWUYouth
This week the CWU conference has agreed the most radical and far-reaching reform of our youth structure in its 15 year existence. There are four sp...
Pregnancy at Work
Speaking at a Unions 21 meeting on how to best use digital information, TUC communications  chief Antonia Bance  linked shocking headlines lines on...
A picture is worth a thousand words? No – this one is worth far more. This is the CWU’s newly elected National Youth Committee.  No pressure ladi...