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Home Study

Usdaw’s Home Study Course consists of several online modules which members can complete in their own time at home. It's not about tests or lots of writing - but aims to help members find out more about Usdaw.


Unit 1 is called Unity is Strength and looks at the advantages of joining a trade union and the benefits and services provided by Usdaw. The other units are:

Unit 2 - Democracy in Usdaw is about your trade union, Usdaw. It looks at the Union’s structure and organisation, how decisions are made and the importance of membership involvement.

Unit 3 - Collective Bargaining Part 1 and Part 2. This course looks at the work of the Union, taking up members’ problems and negotiating with employers, to improve members’ wages and conditions.

Unit 4 - Pensions Home Study. This course will help you understand the different types of pension scheme on offer today and help you improve your pension knowledge. It consists of four small modules, each taking approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Unit 5 - Vulnerable Workers. This final unit will help you to gain an understanding on what is meant by 'vulnerable work,' the effects of insecure work and the role of trade unions in combating vulnerable and insecure work.  

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