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Union man Willie gets top award

Union representative Willie Brennan (second left) receives his STUC award from Dawnfresh director Helen Muir, Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont and BWAFA regional organiser Mark McHugh

Union representative Willie Brennan (second left) receives his STUC award from Dawnfresh director Helen Muir, Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont and BWAFA regional organiser Mark McHugh

A union official at a factory in Uddingston has been given a prestigious award by the Scottish Trades Union Congress.

William Brennan, Union Learning Representative from the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union at Dawnfresh Seafoods, has been given the Helen Dowie Award for Lifelong Learning.

The accolade is given to union representatives who demonstrate union values and dedication to lifelong learning to other workers.

Having seen his union at loggerheads with his employers, William decided this was no good for the workforce or Dawnfresh.

He took a different approach, became a Union Learning Representative and got involved in new learning skills for himself and the workforce through STUC-led opportunities.

This transformation was also supported by his employers with Dawnfresh HR director Helen Muir helping with a steering group within the factory with the union BFAWU and management working together for the common goal of a happy skilled workforce.

The entire workforce of 260 employees at the factory in Bothwell Park Industrial Estate, was given paid release to attend a union learning course during their normal shifts of work.

William, who was nominated by his union’s regional organiser Mark McHugh, received the award from Scottish Labour Party leader Johann Lamont.

 

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