Delegates to gather for Unite policy conference Liverp...

Delegates to gather for Unite policy conference Liverpool Monday 30 June – Friday 4 July

24 June 2014

Unite Diary Note

What: Unite the union policy conference
When: Monday 30 June – Friday 4 July 2014
Where: Liverpool Arena Convention Centre, Kings Dock, L3 4FP

A provisional agenda for the policy conference of the UK and Ireland’s largest trade union Unite has been finalised with the theme of jobs, health, homes and hope featuring prominently throughout the five day gathering in Liverpool.

The conference, which is held every two years, comes against a backdrop of continued cuts by the Tory-led government, widening inequality and an economic recovery which is passing communities and ordinary people by.

Conference opens on Monday 30 June with a key note speech by the union’s general secretary Len McCluskey.

Labour’s shadow secretary of state for Health, Andy Burnham MP, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady, the actor Ricky Tomlinson and Ian Lavery MP are also set to speak during the conference, which will see delegates discussing a wide range of issues from action for a living wage and outlawing zero hour contracts, to rebalancing the economy, fracking and Europe.

Campaigning against the Tory-led government’s sell-off of the NHS and defending public services also features in the agenda which will also see key debates on austerity and the housing crisis.

Media wishing to attend the conference should email Martha Campbell for accreditation.
NB: timings below are approximate and running order is subject to change.

Provisional agenda

Monday 30 June
10:00am – Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey
12:00 noon – Shadow secretary of state for health, Andy Burnham MP
12:30pm – Lunch
2:00pm Economy
Health and safety
5:30pm – Close

Tuesday 1 July
9:30am – Political and Labour party
Organising and campaigning against austerity
12:30pm – Lunch
2:00pm – Global solidarity and peace
5:30pm – Close

Wednesday 2 July
9:30am – TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady
12:30pm – Lunch
2:00pm – Ian Lavery MP, chair of the trade union group of Labour MPs and former president of the NUM (30th anniversary of the miners’ strike)
5:30pm – Close

Thursday 3 July
9:30pm – Employment and trade union rights
Ricky Tomlinson, the Shrewsbury 24 – 40 years on
12:30pm – Lunch
2:00pm – Social policy
5:30pm – Close

Friday 4 July
9:30am – Union administration and membership services
12:15pm – Closing remarks, Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey

For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869. View the event page.

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Notes to editors
•    Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.