Union man appointed to help

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A NEW union official has been appointed in the North East to help people get involved in campaigns.

Unite has announced that 34-year-old Joe Rollin will be the organisation’s community coordinator to bring together groups not covered by traditional trade union membership so that they can get involved in campaigns in their area such as saving their local library from closure.

Mr Rollin said: “We think it’s time that people who don’t have a job for whatever reason are now going to have access to the benefits of trade union membership.

“That means members will have access to all kinds of training and education in order to enhance their skills.

“But most importantly, it will allow communities to come together and get organised to create positive change. By becoming part of the UK and Ireland’s largest trade union, you’ve got 1.5million allies in standing up for your rights.”