UNIONS TOGETHER IS THE CAMPAIGNING VOICE OF THE TRADE UNIONS THAT ARE PART OF THE LABOUR PARTY.
Together, the 12 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
Ben is currently Acting Director of unionstogether, seconded from his role as a National Officer at Unison. He was previously a Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager at the LGA and a Parliamentary Assistant.
He lives in Lambeth where he is a Councillor.
CAMPAIGNS & POLITICAL OFFICER, JOE COX
Joe leads on unionstogether’s campaign work and is currently leading the campaign to protect rights and jobs through Brexit and beyond.
Joe became political as a student and has been a trade unionist and Labour Party member his whole adult life. He has previously campaigned with various progressive organisations and networks on issues such as economic inequality, public service cuts and ‘legal loan sharking’.
He has a passion for ensuring trade union voices are heard throughout our movement and part of the national political conversation. Joe lives in east London and is a West Ham fan.
DIRECTOR, HELEN PEARCE (Currently on Mat Leave), @HELEN__PEARCE
Helen leads on unionstogether's work, and is a passionate campaigner. 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, to the your rights at work campaign, opposing Tory attacks on employment rights.
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.
Our elected officers
MICK WHELAN, 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.
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.
Regional TULO Committee Officers
Chair Mike Payne, GMB, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Mary Williams, UNITE, email@example.com
Vice Chair Gerry Watkins, CWU, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Amber Courtney, UNISON, email@example.com
Chair Jackson Cullinane, UNITE, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Dave Watson, UNISON, email@example.com
Vice Chair Karen Whitefield, USDAW, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Kevin Lindsay, ASLEF, email@example.com
Chair Alan Tate, CWU, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Danny Freeman, UNITE, email@example.com
Vice Chair Gary Doolan, GMB, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chair Steve Terry, UNISON, email@example.com
Treasurer Michelle Gordon, GMB, firstname.lastname@example.org
EAST OF ENGLAND
Chair Paul Moffat, CWU, email@example.com
Secretary Richard O'Leary, GMB, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chair Vaughan West, GMB, email@example.com
Treasurer Sam Older, UNISON, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair Gavin Dadley, USDAW, email@example.com
Secretary Richard Oliver, GMB, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chair Kate Hudson, CWU, Midlandregion@cwu.org
Treasurer Dave Godson, UNISON, email@example.com
Secretary Charlie Sarell, UNISON, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair Maggi Ferncombe, UNISON, email@example.com
Secretary Ryan Slaughter, UNISON, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Ian Woodland, UNITE, email@example.com
Chair Kevin Beazer, CWU, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary and Treasurer Nick Ireland, USDAW, email@example.com
Chair Steve Jennings, GMB, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Tony Pearson, UNISON, email@example.com
Treasurer Karen Reay, UNITE, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair Lynne Morris, UNISON, email@example.com
Secretary John Boughton, UNITE, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chair Dave Quayle, UNITE, email@example.com
Treasurer Ian Tomlinson, CWU, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair Mike Routledge, UNITE, email@example.com
Secretary Paul Foy, UNISON, P.Foy@unison.co.uk
Treasurer Chris Jukes, GMB, firstname.lastname@example.org
ASLEF (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen)
BFAWU (Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union)
CWU (Communication Workers Union)
FBU (Fire Brigades Union)
MU (Musicians Union)
NUM (National Union of Mineworkers)
TSSA (Transport Salaried Staffs' Association)
USDAW (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers)