Shaun Lee is Acting Midlands Regional Secretary
Shaun Lee is the Acting UCATT Midlands Regional Secretary following Cheryl Pidgeon’s departure from the union to concentrate her efforts on winning the South Derbyshire Parliamentary seat for Labour. UCATT has sincerely thanked Cheryl for the hard work and effort she has given to the Midlands Region and the union over the last three years and wished her all the best in the future. We know that she will make an excellent MP.
UCATT joins the People’s March for the NHS
UCATT full-time officials and activists joined the thousands of people who turned out to support the People's March for the NHS as it passed through the Midlands Region at the end of August. The 11 women, dubbed the “Darlo mums”, marched from Jarrow to London following the same route as the 1936 Jarrow Crusade.
UCATT at Hard Up demo
UCATT Midlands Regional Organisers Stuart Baker, Sharon Harding and Andrew Johnston took part in the TUC Midlands Region Hard Up festival, held to coincide with the start of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham last month. The family friendly festival highlighted the cost of living crisis affecting ordinary working people. Along with funfair activities, children's entertainment, community stalls, music and children's activities, a march around Birmingham was followed by union speakers demanding that the “Midlands Needs A Payrise!”
UCATT supports young sprinter
UCATT is sponsoring the young Derbyshire-based 100m/200m sprinter Jake James. A relative latecomer to the athletics scene, the apprentice joiner and UCATT member at Derbyshire County Council only took up the sport at the age of 20 after being inspired by the 2012 London Olympics. But he is already competing against the best sprinters in the country and hopes to represent Great Britain next year.
“I am very grateful of the sponsorship UCATT has gave me and will be able to invest in world class sprint spikes for my competitions to keep me on the level of the best in Britain and hopefully represent team GB next year,” said Jake.
Photo caption: UCATT Midlands Regional Secretary Shaun Lee, UCATT Youth & Apprentices Organiser Keir Morrison present sprinter and UCATT member Jake James with a cheque for £100.