Hi, I’m Jon Bigger. This site is primarily about issues in international trade unionism but from a unique perspective. I’m undertaking an MA in International Labour and Trade Union Studies at Ruskin College in Oxford. On top of highlighting theory and practice in the field I want to share my learning and the methods I use. I’m dyslexic and this will undoubtedly throw up some interesting and difficult issues whilst I learn. What I’m hoping to share is the total process and how my learning might influence my activity at branch level and in my other roles within the movement.
Until recently I was a trade union rep in the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS). I’ve been a Branch Secretary representing over 300 members and I was also a Vice Chair of the PCS London and Southeast Regional Committee. I sat on the PCS Editorial Board and I represented PCS at the SERTUC International Committee. I was also the secretary for that committee. All of this is behind me for now as I was recently made redundant so represent nobody but myself nowadays.
Whether you’re a trade unionist or fellow student or you just fancy reading along I hope you find this site enjoyable and useful.