Trade Union Congress 2014, Liverpool
Sunday 7 September – Wednesday 10 September
Building a fairer economy and defending the NHS will be the main objectives of Unite the union at this year’s Trades Union Congress in Liverpool.
At conference: The union, the biggest in the UK, will be leading calls for the restoration of collective bargaining as central to arresting the yawning wage inequality and growing in-work poverty which are blighting the lives of millions of Britons.
Unite will also press for active government opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Conservative ministers have steadfastly refused to take steps to prevent private businesses gaining a chokehold on the NHS, or to prevent the colossal global agreement from scything down employment rights and health and safety protections.
Unite will also be supporting calls for the coalition’s attacks on employment rights to be reversed and for action to stem the rise of insecure, low-waged work, as the UK slides further into an hourglass economy.
On the fringe includes: Len McCluskey, Unite’s general secretary, will address an Institute of Employment Rights joint event with the Campaign for Trade Union Freedom on trade union freedoms at Liverpool Media Academy, 85/89 Duke Street, Liverpool L1 5AP on Sunday 7 September from 19.00.
On Monday 8 September, Unite will join with the Daily Mirror and digital agency Mass1 to promote voter registration at an event entitled Putting the people back into politics at The Casa Club, 29 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BQ from 19.00.
Speaking ahead of Congress 2014, Len McCluskey said: “At last, with 242 days to go until the general election, the people of the UK can hope to see the back of this miserable coalition government.
“Their mindless policies have driven down living standards, caused misery to millions and actually do not work. People are working harder, but getting poorer – and yet George Osborne borrows more to take us backwards. By any measure, this government is a failure. Its time is up. People must start to believe that politics can do better by them.”
Unite’s media office contacts at congress are:
- Unite director of communications, Pauline Doyle – Pauline.firstname.lastname@example.org and/or 07976 832 861
- Unite senior communications officer, Shaun Noble – email@example.com and/or 07768 693 940
- Unite campaigns officer, Karen Viquerat – Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org and/or 07768 931 316
- 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.