Councillor launches ‘Join a Union’ Fund for Welwyn Garden City residents

PUBLISHED: 16:05 26 May 2020 | UPDATED: 16:05 26 May 2020

Councillors receive an allowance each month to cover personal costs incurred in fulfilling their duties. Picture: Max Holloway

Councillors receive an allowance each month to cover personal costs incurred in fulfilling their duties. Picture: Max Holloway

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Labour Councillor Max Holloway is launching a ‘Join a Union’ fund for residents in the Howlands ward of Welwyn Garden City.

He will be using this coming month’s councillor allowance to fund the scheme.

The £300 fund aims to help residents experiencing financial uncertainty amid 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.

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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.


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