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Invitation to Southampton and Eastleigh Question Time Event

Invitation to Southampton and Eastleigh Question Time

January 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Southampton City College 


The University and College Union (UCU) would like to invite you to a special Southampton and Eastleigh Question Time on January 20 2012, which is being organised by UCU and will be chaired by BBC South’s political editor Peter Henley.


A panel of MPs, business leaders and educators will take questions from the audience and discuss how Southampton and Eastleigh can prosper in the current economic climate.   Education, employment, skills, business and opportunities for young people will be some of the key issues debated during the evening


The guest panel will be:


§  Rt Hon Chris Huhne MP – MP for Eastleigh and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

§  Rt Hon John Denham MP –  MP for Southampton Itchen and former Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills

§  Lawrie McMenemy – former manager of Southampton FC

§  Jan Ward – Chief executive of Southampton based Corrotherm International and Southampton & Fareham Chamber of Commerce & Industry

§  Julie Greer – Head Teacher of Cherbourg Primary School, Eastleigh


Audience members are asked to arrive for 6:00pm. The event will begin at 6:15pm promptly and will last for approximately one hour.  Attendees will be given the chance to submit questions for the panel.   There will be a small reception and chance to chat to fellow audience members and panellists after the event.


If you are interested in attending and would like a ticket, or to submit a question, please RSVP to Lisa Johnson at As we only have a limited number of places available tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT ENTRY TO THIS EVENT IS BY TICKET ONLY.

UCU Union Cities Christmas Party – 14 December

Please Join Us for our UCU Union Cities

 Party and prize-giving!


Date: Wednesday 14 December 2011

Time: 5.30–11pm

Venue: The Studio Café Bar, Nuffield Theatre,

University of Southampton

Highfield Campus, University Road

Southampton, SO17 1TR


Please join us for a drink, a dance, a bite to eat and

find out who has won the £100 Union Cities survey




Free parking on site after 6pm


Free child care places will available in the fully

staffed, university nursery from 6.30–9pm.

Members will get first refusal on places should they

become limited.


To book a place in the crèche please



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The Union Cities Project

UCU is currently starting a new strategy for union organisation, based on a consultation conducted by Professor Waddington of the University of Manchester — and Southampton will be is the pilot for this ambitious project!

The goal of Union Cities is to create a positive community of branches in Southampton, with shared goals, clear bargaining agendas, inter-branch solidarity, engagement with the wider community and local politicians, increased member involvement, and increases in membership and numbers of trained reps.


The strategy originates from studies of the successful organisation strategies of American and Scandinavian unions.

One pioneer of this strategy describes a Union City as a community “where employers respect the contributions of workers and where elected leaders are held accountable to working families.  It’s where unions are organizing, mobilizing and reaching out to community allies — and building the power to change their lives”.

By focusing resources on our community, UCU will be able to set an example  — and mobilise a programme to set other cities in the UK along a similar path to building a better community for working people.

How can I get involved?

Call us at the Southampton UCU Office (ext 22364), or email us at and we will tell you more about the options available to you.  One of the goals of Union Cities is to produce a larger community of trained representatives, so please join us!