UK’s biggest union gathers to challenge devastating in...

UK’s biggest union gathers to challenge devastating inequality and disconnection blighting communities

07 July 2016

With the country facing profound economic and political challenges, the biggest union in the UK, Unite will gather to agree the policies to improve the living standards of working people.

The 1.4 million-strong Unite union is hosting its 4th policy conference in Brighton from Monday 11 July until Friday 15 July.

Debates at the policy conference will reflect the major issues facing the country today including the UK’s place as an industrial economy; establishing a modern-day defence manufacturing strategy for the UK; an economic policy that accepts the failure of austerity; and securing living standards, jobs and workers’ rights in cohesive communities following Brexit.

Keynote speeches through the week will be made by: 

  • Monday 11 July at 10:00 hours – Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary 
  • Tuesday 12 July at 15:00 hours - Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP, the leader of the Labour party and HM’s Opposition
  • Wednesday 13 July – TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady
  • Thursday 14 July at 11:30 hours – John McDonnell MP, shadow chancellor of the Exchequer

Key debates for the week are: 
  • Monday – the economy and campaigning against austerity
  • Tuesday - defence diversification; international solidarity
  • Wednesday – industrial policy; Europe
  • Thursday – workers’ rights; delivering for working people politically
Members of the media are asked to register for the event by emailing Unite’s head of media Alex Flynn stating what days you wish to attend conference.


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

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.