UNIONS TOGETHER IS THE CAMPAIGNING VOICE OF THE 14 TRADE UNIONS THAT ARE PART OF THE LABOUR PARTY.
Together, the 14 affiliated trade unions bring the voices of almost 3 million union members to the heart of the Labour Party.
In communities across the country, Labour and trade union members campaign together on issues that matter to all of us. From saving our NHS, to defending jobs, to speaking up for our rights at work – together, the labour movement is stronger when we are campaigning together.
We campaign for the Labour Party because we believe that hard-working people are better off with a Labour Government. And we campaign within the Labour Party because we want to help make sure that Labour stands up for the needs of our members.
Together, we bring the voices of 3 million working people to the heart of the Labour Party - and we want yours to be the next voice that we represent.
Meet the team
HELEN PEARCE, HEAD OF CAMPAIGNS AND COMMUNICATIONS @HELEN__PEARCE
Helen leads on campaigning work, including the your rights at work campaign, opposing the Coalition’s attack on employment rights and working people, and against the Trade Union Bill.
She has co-ordinated unionstogether’s campaigns on a broad range of issues over the years, from the NHS Alert campaign, opposing the Health and Social Care Bill, to the Hands Off Our Pensions campaign, challenging the Coalition’s attack on women’s pensions.
She also manages TULO’s regional structure, working with trade union officials in all the regions to strengthen the link between the Party and the trade unions at a local level.
Helen got involved in politics and campaigning when she was at university, as Women’s Officer for the University of London Union, and then as Vice President of the National Union of Students. She worked on advocacy, media and campaigning for charity Alcohol Concern, before joining TULO in 2006. She has a degree in Humanities that she gained studying part-time at the Open University, specialising in Modern European History and Culture.
Helen is passionate about increasing women’s representation in the Labour Party and in wider politics, and is Secretary of Labour Women’s Network. In 2010, she was one of the founders of the Lead for Women campaign, successfully calling on all Labour's Leadership candidates to set out their plans to increase women's representation in the Party.
Helen lives in South East London, is a new-ish mum and a school governor, and dabbles in musical theatre in her spare time.
FELICITY APPLEBY, ACTING HEAD OF CAMPAIGNS AND COMMUNICATIONS @FELICITYAPPLEBY
Felicity is currently heading up the campaigns and communications for unionstogether in the run up to the General Election. Before the campaign for the general election began Felicity co-ordinated and developed our political education programme which has trained hundreds of trade union members over the last couple of years. She also worked on a wide range of campaigns from the EU to the NHS and rights at work.
Before getting involved with unionstogether Felicity worked in hospitality running a busy bar and restaurant in Edinburgh. She later went on to work in Slovakia for a leading social housing NGO, where she created an outreach and education programme to raise awareness of poverty, housing, and homelessness across Europe and Central Asia. Following this she went on to work for a campaigns consultancy where she ran campaigns across the UK, raising money for charity: she successfully raised well over a million pounds. Shaped by her experiences at work and her passion to make a difference, she joined Ken Livingstone’s election campaign in 2011, and then went on to join unionstogether.
Outside work Felicity enjoys reading, arguing with the news and travelling.
MELANIE BARTLETT, CAMPAIGNS CO-ORDINATOR
Melanie started at unionstogether in March 2014 as an intern, and was appointed Campaigns Co-ordinator in September 2014. She supports TULO’s campaigning and event organisation and manages social media communications.
Melanie became involved in politics after completing an apprenticeship in the Leader’s Office at Barking and Dagenham Council. After four years as PA to the Cabinet, most of which was served a shop steward and equalities officer, she stood for office and is now a Councillor in Dagenham.
Over the past few years, Melanie has been part of various campaigns within her trade union and locally. Amongst other things, she has campaigned for fair access to housing for young people and against the NHS cuts, but cares most passionately about challenging inequality at its core.
Melanie currently studies Social Science at Birkbeck. Throughout the course, she has enjoyed learning about the contradictions of our society and gaining the evidence to challenge them.
In her spare time, Melanie enjoys reading anything to do with people (minus celebrity biographies!) and dancing.
Our elected officers
PAUL KENNY, CHAIR OF TULO @GMBPRESSOFFICE
Paul has recently retired as General Secretary of the GMB union.
Since being elected as the GMB General Secreatry Paul Kenny presided over an unprecedented increase in the growth of GMB membership, by setting up a National Organising Department that has increased the membership.
Paul Kenny was the GMB London Regional Secretary from 1991 and has been actively involved in the union for most of his working life. Paul started work at the age of 15 at Fuller’s Brewery in Hammersmith and later worked as an apprentice gas fitter. It was when he moved to work for Hammersmith Council as a park keeper that he first became active in the union. In 1979 he started working for GMB as a full time official.
Paul’s motivation comes from a strong opposition to injustice at work and a desire to fight for low paid workers. This is couples with a belief that he can make a difference and has the ability to recruit others to the cause.
MARIA EXALL, VICE CHAIR OF TULO @MARIAEXALL
Maria has been a member of the CWU since 1988 and served on the CWU National Executive Council 1997-2011. Since 2006 she has been a member of the TUC General Council representing the interests of LGBT trade unionists.
Maria is employed in the telecommunications industry and works with other CWU members to recruit and organise in the companies where the Union is unrecognised. She believes we need a strong union presence across the whole communications sector in order to ensure workers have a decent pay and conditions now and in the future.
Maria campaigns for trade union freedom and for equal rights at work.
MICK WHELAN, VICE CHAIR OF TULO @MICKWHELANASLEF
Mick Whelan has been a member of the Labour Party and an active trade unionist for more than 35 years.
He started on British Rail’s Midlands region in 1984 as a guard before becoming a train driver and joining ASLEF. He held a number of representative positions within the union before being elected as the regional organiser for the union’s Midlands region in 2000 and was elected general secretary of ASLEF in 2011. He is a trustee of the International Brigades Memorial Trust and Chair of Justice for Colombia.
London Alan Tate Regional Political Secretary, CWU
South East Eamon Large Organising Department, GMB
South West Kevin Beazer Regional Secretary, CWU
East of England Paul Moffat, Regional Secretary CWU
East Midlands Tony Tinley Regional Political Officer, Unite
West Midlands Gerard Coyne Regional Secretary, Unite
Yorkshire Steve Jennings Regional Political Officer, GMB
North Jayne Shotton Regional Political Officer, USDAW
North West Lynne Morris Regional Manager, UNISON
Scotland Harry Donaldson Regional Secretary, GMB
Wales Mike Payne Regional Political Officer, GMB
London Linda Perks Regional Secretary, UNISON
South East Ryan Slaughter Regional Political Officer, UNISON
South West Nick Ireland Regional Secretary, USDAW
East of England Richard O’Leary Regional Officer, GMB
East Midlands Dave Godson Regional Manager, UNISON
West Midlands Ravi Subramanian Regional Secretary, UNISON
Yorkshire John Cafferty Regional Secretary, UNISON
North Mike Hill Regional Political Officer, UNISON
North West John Boughton Regional Officer, UNITE
Scotland Dave Watson Scottish Organiser, UNISON
Wales Hannah Blythyn Welsh Political Officer, UNITE
ASLEF (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen)
BECTU (Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union)
BFAWU (Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union)
CWU (Communication Workers Union)
MU (Musicians Union)
NUM (National Union of Mineworkers)
TSSA (Transport Salaried Staffs' Association)
UCATT (Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians)
USDAW (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers)