If working people are going to be successful in defending ourselves against the onslaught on jobs, pay, pensions, conditions and the welfare state being unleashed by the Tories, Liberal Democrats and employers, we urgently need more union reps in more workplaces, and we need to ensure they have the skills and confidence to do their jobs effectively.
The union web site now has the dates for UNITE education courses in 2011. Don't be put off by the URL, which still says 2010 - the new dates are there. If you've not had reps' training, get some. If you have, encourage someone else to get trained.
Reps are the backbone of the union - without them there can be no effective union organisation.