If you #heartunions join our week of action against the trade union bill
The campaign against the trade union bill is at a critical stage. The parliamentary process has moved into the House of Lords, where we have our best chances of defeating it or getting changes pushed through.
But this means ensuring the bill remains in the public eye as much as possible. We need to remind politicians and journalists alike of the vital role unions and union members play in our society and economy.
In February (from the 8th to 14th) we’ll be staging a special week of action against the trade union bill throughout England and Wales. A week that takes the message to more and more people, union members or not, that this bill is bad for our country.
When I visit workplaces throughout the UK, I’m always amazed by the great work being done by union reps to train, educate and look after their colleagues.
Over the last decade alone trade union learning centres have provided courses for over two million learners and helped develop over 30,000 learning reps. Government research from 2007 estimated union reps prevent up to 13,000 accidents a year, and by providing a voice for the workforce, reduce conflict and staff turnover, saving hundreds of millions of pounds.
Improving the lives of workers and communities is what unions are about.
Now is the time to share with others the great work unions and reps do where you work and live. We want to know why you heartunions.
heartunions is a chance to showcase the difference that unions make in your area. If you know of a union rep, course or programme that you think needs celebrating then we want to hear from you.
Wherever you work, be it a hospital, factory or call centre, please get involved, and get in touch with your stories.
Loads of events are being planned for the week. On Tuesday the 9th, the TUC we’ll be hosting the biggest ever workplace meeting, linking branches across the country to highlight the vital work unions do in workplaces of all types. On Thursday the 11th, we’ll be taking the message out into our communities, and calling on you to help raise the profile of trade unions where you live, and recruit more members to our movement.
All the key information about the week of action will be at heartunions.org. We’ll keep adding to it in the coming weeks so that it will have everything you need to take part.
Let’s show the government that threatening trade unions has no place in a modern democracy. Only through coming together and showing our united strength will we be able defend the right to strike and organise together.