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New unionlearn board backs work programme

The newly elected board of unionlearn (the TUC's learning and skills organisation) has endorsed its strategic plan to have 22,000 Union Learning Reps and 250,000 learners going through the union route, by 2010.

The board also elected its first chair, Billy Hayes, general secretary of the Communication Workers Union (CWU). Hayes said: "The unionlearn board is a first step for the TUC, but a giant leap for the labour movement. I am really flattered to be elected to chair the board."

Unionlearn's board is drawn from the TUC's General Council members. It also includes Frances O'Grady, deputy general secretary of the TUC, Liz Smith, director of unionlearn, Alison Shepherd, UNISON and TUC president, and observers from the Department for Education and Skills, and the Learning and Skills Council.

Liz Smith, director of unionlearn said: "It is a very proactive board and will hold unionlearn to account for the resources it uses. It will also provide the strategic direction needed to influence government policy on tackling the skills crisis.

"All board members will play a key role in helping us to reach our ambitious targets and achieve real progress in workplace learning."

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