An active industrial strategy which supports British manufacturing, decent jobs and reconnecting communities battered by Conservative cuts are among the issues for Britain’s largest union, Unite at this year’s Labour party conference in Liverpool.
On the fringe Unite will once more be hosting the conference favourite Real Britain with the Daily Mirror at 12:30 on Sunday 25 September in meeting room 3A in Liverpool ACC. Titled ‘Reconnecting Britain’ and chaired by the Daily Mirror’s associate editor, Kevin Maguire, speakers include: Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, Real Britain columnist Ros Wynne-Jones, Andy Burnham MP, legendary 98 year old union activist Betty Tebbs, actress and disability rights activist Liz Carr and Dave Johns from the Ken Loach film, I, Daniel Blake.
Monday 26 September sees Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey move Unite’s composite on an active industrial strategy during the economy debate, while other highlights on the fringe include:
Sunday 25 September
17:30 Unite and the Labour Assembly Against Austerity rally for investment not cuts – The alternative to Tory austerity. Meeting room 3A, Liverpool ACC. Speakers include Unite assistant general secretary, Steve Turner, Manuel Cortes, TSSA general secretary, John McDonnell MP, Cllr Alice Perry (NEC) and Lucy Anderson MEP.
17:30 Unite and the Robin Hood Tax Campaign – Making finance work. Grace suite 1, Hilton Hotel. Speakers include: Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail, Polly Toynbee, columnist, David Hillman, Robin Hood Tax Campaign and Rebecca Long-Bailey MP.
19:00 Unite and LabourList rally – Labour and the future. Hall 2G, Liverpool ACC. Speakers include: Owen Jones, columnist, Yvette Cooper MP, Steve Turner, Unite assistant general secretary, Clive Lewis MP, Rhea Wolfson NEC and many more.
Monday 26 September
12:30 Unite, the Campaign for Trade Union Freedom and the Institute of Employment Rights – A manifesto for trade union and employment rights. Meeting room 3A, Liverpool ACC.Speakers include: Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary, John Hendy QC, Carolyn Jones (IER), Professor Keith Ewing and Ian Lavery MP.
12:30 Unite and LabourList – How do we get politicians who look like us? Hall 2G, Liverpool ACC. Speakers include: Bristol mayor Marvin Rees, Cat Smith MP, Cllr Wayne Blackburn, Cllr Judith Blake, Maya Goodfellow from LabourList and Steve Turner, Unite assistant general secretary.
17:30 Unite and Show Racism the Red Card – Promoting equality and challenging racism. Meeting room 3A, Liverpool ACC. Speakers include: Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, Kate Osamor MP, footballer Howard Gayle and Laura Piddock from Show Racism the Red Card.
Wednesday 28 September
12:30 Unite – building a world class bus system for Britain. Meeting room 3A, Liverpool ACC.Speakers include: Diana Holland, Unite assistant general secretary, Martin Mayer, Unite, Daniel Zeichner MP, Ian Taylor, Transport for Quality of Life, Cllr Liam Robinson and Lynn Sloman, Transport for Quality of Life.
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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.