On International Women’s Day it is easy to bemoan the fact that EVERY day should be International Women’s Day. But looking at my Twitter and Facebook feed today reminds me how incredibly powerful women’s voices are when gathered collectively, speaking our truths. It makes me feel proud that sisters are making their voices heard …and speaking up for other women who are less able to do so.Read more
Women need to join a union today.
Women in the workplace owe it to themselves to join a union and get organised. That doesn't mean just putting a card in your purse, sisters. It means rolling your sleeves up and getting stuck in.Read more
The job of the union movement is to stand up for all working people, but that task is only being served if the rights of women at work are at the forefront of everything we do.
That’s certainly the case at my union, UNISON, where over three-quarters of our members are women working in the public sector. Every day I see the range of specific challenges that women see in the workplace.
Womens liberation and the aspiration for social and economic equality are key inspirations for our movement.Read more
This week, we’ve been saying we ♥ unions and ♥ the labour movement.
We’ve heard from Tim Roache about the difference that union reps make up and down the country and from Angela Rayner MP about the threat our movement faces from the Trade Union Bill. Jeremy Corbyn has told us why he is so proud of Labour’s links with the unions. And unionstogether’s vice-chairs, Maria Exall and Mick Whelan, have written on why it is so important that working people have a political voice and why we must fight to protect that voice now it is under attack.Read more
I love unions and the labour movement because they stop ruthless businesses from treating their workers like slaves and paying them as little as they can get away with. Trade unions stand for human dignity and the common good and help make the world a better and more equal place.Read more
Free trade unions are at the heart of a civilised society. The right for us as working people to organise ourselves is essential to gain decent wages, fair terms and conditions, pensions and health and safety standards. It is Trade Unions that can challenge discrimination, bullying and workplace stress.Read more
As Leader I am proud of the link between trade unions and the Labour Party – it is not just an historic link, it’s what makes Labour succeed.
We win when we're in touch with the needs and the concerns of millions of working people and their families – the people trade
The Tories aim to be in power for a generation, and are trying to fix the system to make that happen.
This Trade Union Bill is a deliberate attack on the labour movement, because we are the only opposition to the Conservatives. We prove that every day in our workplaces and in our communities – and that’s what the Tories don’t like.Read more
Not everyone gets what a trade unionist is.
That’s not surprising given that the right wing press have us pegged as a bunch of blokes with megaphones calling a strike every now and again to defend some unreasonable perk that the rest of the population don’t get (like a decent pension for instance).Read more