Europe, steel and a basic income – Unite campaigns on jobs, rights and fighting poverty
The fight to defend the UK’s industrial economy will be spearheaded by the country’s biggest union, Unite at the Trades Union Congress when it gathers in Brighton from 11 – 14 September.
Taking part in key Congress debates on the European Union, the Conservatives’ regressive Trade Union Act and the need for urgent support for the steel industry, Unite will be issuing a warning to employers and to government that they must not use the Brexit vote to roll back the rights and living standards of the country’s workers.
The union will also lead the calls for a full debate on the introduction of a universal basic income as a means to address growing poverty among people in work caused by the fall in the real value of wages, attacks on in-work benefits, the growth of insecure work and the looming prospect of millions of present-day jobs disappearing through digitalisation.
On the Congress Fringe, Unite will be continuing the campaign for decent work and justice for workers at Sports Direct with a joint fringe with the GMB at 12:45 Monday 12 September, Regency Suite, Hilton Brighton Metropole, Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2FU.
Titled, From Uber to Sports Direct – How trade unions can win the fight for decent work for all, speakers include: Steve Turner, Unite assistant general secretary; Justin Bowden, GMB national secretary; Ross Wynne Jones, Daily Mirror Real Britain columnist; Sophie Shaw, Unite hotel workers branch; and Ian Lavery MP, shadow minister for trade unions and civil society.
Unite media contacts at Congress are:
Alex Flynn, head of media and campaigns on 07967 665 869
Pauline Doyle, director of communications on 07976 832 861
For other media enquiries, please call Unite’s press office on 020 3371 2065.
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.