Union members urge AMs to 'Walk a day in our shoes'

Union members urge Assembly Members to 'Walk a day in our shoes'

09 September 2013

Unite Wales, one of Wales’ largest unions, will this week (10 September) kick off their ‘Walk a day in our shoes’ work shadowing programme. The initiative seeks to match up Assembly members who are members of Unite with a fellow Unite member and constituent to shadow them at work.

‘Walk a day in our shoes’ will offer a number of Assembly members the opportunity to experience first-hand the working life of one of their constituents as well as providing those Unite workplace members taking part with a chance to directly demonstrate to their representatives both their working lives and wider issues that are important to them.

Unite Wales campaigns co-ordinator Hannah Blythyn said: “We’re very pleased to be starting to roll out our ‘Walk a day in our shoes’ work shadowing programme. The peer to peer programme – Unite member to Unite member – is a great opportunity to do something different and offer assembly members a chance to step beyond their own work and into the workplace of a fellow Unite member.

"We hope that our members will benefit from having their AM spend time to listen and learn from them and that, likewise the Assembly members taking part will gain a useful insight into the real life of a fellow Unite member and constituent.”

Around a dozen Assembly members – including the first minister Carwyn Jones - are set to take part in the first tranche of work shadowing with other set to follow in their footsteps during future Assembly recesses.


Notes for editors:

Workplaces so far confirmed to take part include: Cardiff council, Meritor, Ford, Flintshire county council, Public Health Wales, First Cymru, Cardiff University, GE Aviation and Kronospan.

The first group of ‘Walk a day in our shoes’ work shadowing will take place from 10-20 September.

For further information on ‘Walk a day in our shoes’ contact Hannah Blythyn on 07980 237694.

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey. The Unite Wales Secretary is Andy Richards.