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I was Chair of the Coord for several years until stepping aside recently but intend to continue with the work on behalf of my CWU Branch, Greater Mersey Amal, and the Coord for the near future at least. 

I took up all the education and training the union and the TUC offered and will continue to do despite my age, life-long learning is not just a buzz phrase but it is essential to an individual’s welfare as well as to what extent they are able to involve themselves in their workplace and their community.

I have been a Governor of Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust for an interesting several years, initially representing St Helens and now representing the Rest of England. Changes have come fast to the NHS as quickly as have the repeated budgetary cuts.

I have five grandchildren, though it seems like more when they are all together, who are all at school and in a few years they will be in employment and I want the workplace health and safety conditions for them to better than when I started work but at the moment, without a change in government, that is not going to be the case.

There is a limit to how much workers can be pushed, times or targets squeezed, workers forced to cut corners before injuries and ill-health become endemic and we are back to pre-1974 H, S at W Act days. 

Trade unions must become more relevant again, not only in the workplace and not just between starting work in the morning to clocking off at night. Unions must be a societal movement that supports members twenty-four hours a day seven days a week; supporting their families and their roles in their communities.

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