With over 310,000 members, not only is our region huge in membership terms, it is also complex and diverse. More than half Unite’s black, Asian and ethnic minority members are members of the London & Eastern region and we also have a higher-than-average proportion of women members. Both these facts are well reflected by the region’s proactive and vibrant approach to equalities.
Our membership ranges across the rural areas of East Anglia, the towns and cities of Hertfordshire, Bedford- shire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk as well as the capital. We work in all sectors - public and private – including manufacturing transport and services.
In spite of the Con-Dem government's austerity strategy, our membership remains buoyant and, in many areas, is growing. This is down to the hard work, dedication and leadership of our elected lay representatives, our officers, organisers and staff.
I also believe that Unite’s reputation as the union that is fighting back makes us the union of choice for workers seeking a strong voice in the workplace. We want to build constructive relationships with employers, based on mutual respect. We negotiate hard and, wherever our members deem it necessary, we will not shy away from balloting for industrial action to achieve our aims.
I am proud of our progressive, active, organising and inclusive region, but there is much work still to be done. Exploring our website will help to give you ideas about how you can contribute.
Peter Kavanagh, Unite London & Eastern regional secretary