TUC Congress 2018 kicks off this Sunday in Manchester and we are looking forward to attending as usual again this year – visit us on stand 39. This year’s Congress is bound to be a particularly special event, as it will also celebrate 150 years since the very first Trade Union Congress took place at the Mechanics’ Institute in Manchester. From 2nd to 6th June 1868, 34 delegates from all over the UK attended the meeting, representing 118,000 union members. The first resolution passed by that meeting was that ‘the trades of the United Kingdom should hold an annual congress’.
On 5 July 1948, the NHS was officially launched at Park Hospital in Manchester (now Trafford General Hospital) by then Health Secretary, Aneurin Bevan. Bringing together hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists under one umbrella to provide healthcare services for free at the point of delivery, Bevan himself later described it as “the biggest single experiment in social service that the world has ever seen undertaken”.
As leaders of membership organisations, you are focused on growing your membership and engaging members. Of course, the two goals go hand-in-hand as you are unlikely to succeed with the growth agenda if you do not engage with members effectively. You will want to maximise engagement at election time, but it is a year-round ‘thing’ which requires a strategic approach to data management, research, communications and voting.
The case for blending print and mail with digital solutions for the annual canvass
With the dust settling on this year’s local elections, the focus for Electoral Registration Officers will soon shift to the annual canvass if it hasn’t already done so. The canvass is a challenge for all Electoral Services teams across the country but the more diverse or transient the community, the greater the challenge.
With just over two months to go until the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes legal effect, there are still a wide variety of opinions and questions circulating.