TUC PRESS RELEASE

Employers and unions unite in call to protect "brilliant" and "vital" Union Learning Fund

· Save Union Learning campaign launches on Monday 19 October (#SaveUnionLearning)

· Tesco, Heathrow, Tata Steel and Arla Foods among major employers raising concerns

· Union Learning Fund is a vital national asset for UK plans to ‘build back better’, says TUC

The TUC is today (Monday) launching a new campaign, Save Union Learning, to persuade the government to drop proposals to end the Union Learning Fund (ULF).


Unions were told of the proposal to scrap the £12 million annual fund in a letter from the Department for Education.


The TUC says it was ”stunned” to receive the letter as there had been no prior discussion or consultation on the future of the fund, it is achieving its targets, is supported by employers, and it provides a net gain to the Exchequer.


The letter arrived just days after the Prime Minister gave a speech on the importance of skills in the government’s plans to ‘build back better’ (29 September).


He promised a Lifetime Skills Guarantee, and to “give people of all ages the means and the confidence to switch and get the skills they need”.


Support for Save Union Learning

The campaign is launched with backing from employers, unions and education and training organisations.

Major employers supporting the campaign include Tesco, Heathrow, Tata Steel and Arla Foods.

The campaign has the backing of Matthew Taylor, the chief executive of the RSA, who chaired the government’s Review of Modern Employment, which reported in 2017.