Farewell from Donald McCombie, Lifelong Learning Coordinator

Sadly, I have to say farewell as the Branch Lifelong Learning Coordinator.
The Tory Government has ended the Union Learning Fund (ULF). The ULF was created in 1998 by the then Labour Government and has provided workplace learning to thousands of workers on hundreds of subjects.

This is a blatantly political attack on union learning by the Tories. It is ironic that they talk of promoting workplace learning on the one hand whilst removing the ULF on the other.

We had been promised another year’s funding but the Tories have chosen to renege on the agreement.

In the last nine years our Learning Project has delivered:

  • Over 10,000 learning places to members.
  • Over 1000 workshops.
  • Over 30 workshop subjects
  • Won 6 learning awards

Equality and diversity have been at the heart of everything we have done by working in harmony with the Self Organised Groups.

Additionally members have been given opportunities to participate in a variety of creative activities, such as the Friendship Festival, UNISON singers and the Global University of Lifelong Learning course.

The details are contained in a unique free illustrated booklet For the Love of Learning’ – Physical copies are available free from the Branch Office or downloadable from the above link.

Although the informal learning events and workshops will be reduced, the rest of our UNISON Learning programme will be available via the Branch and Regional Office


Charlie Friel, Birmingham Branch
Gurdeep Singh, West Midlands Region.

The Union Learning Fund is dead…
but long live UNISON Lifelong Learning. 

l thank you for all your support and friendship over all the years. I remain a member of the extended UNISON family so I look forward to the our next meeting. It has been a privilege.

In Solidarity,
peace and light

– Donald McCombie