The dynamic duo were
presented with their awards by TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber
and President Michael Leahy at the National Congress in London
today (Tuesday 13 September).
McVitie's Rep Jonathan
Waterhouse won the Union Learning Rep Award after he was
instrumental in setting up a learning centre and delivering
first-class learning opportunities for hundreds of members at his
Manchester site. "I'm delighted to have won the award, not for
myself, but for the team at McVitie's who have delivered
opportunities for our members to have a second chance of improving
their skills, building their confidence and improving their
employment prospects", said Jonathan.
While Tesco's Anas Ghaffar
won the Organising Award after he recruited more than 300 members
during a six month period, raising awareness of the Union and
co-ordinating a team of 12 Reps at his store in Slough, Berkshire.
"This is a great boost for the team at Tesco Slough," said Anas.
"My time on the Union's Academy played an important part in my
development and I've put a lot of what I learnt during those six
months in to practice in my store. It's clearly paid off."
General Secretary John
Hannett said: "This is fantastic news for Jonathon and Anas who
richly deserve their awards after all the hard work they've put in.
Congratulations to the two of them and their teams of Reps who have
done a great job.
Committed Reps like these
are making a real difference to working people's lives on a daily
basis and I'm delighted they have received the recognition they
deserve. Trade Union Reps in general don't get enough credit for
the work they do on a daily basis to improve workers' lives so this
is great news for Jonathan, Anas and Usdaw."