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Honouring the legacy of trade unionist Mary Macarthur

08 Mar 2017, By

On Tuesday 7 March 2017, on the eve of International Women’s Day, the Mary Macarthur Plaque was unveiled on the site of her Golders Green home. Mary Macarthur was a Scottish woman, trade unionist, and Secretary of the Women’s Trade Union League. Active in the fight for universal suffrage. Founder, in 1906, of the National…

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Unions: discovering a hidden part in LGBT+ history

23 Feb 2017, By Guest

Most LGBT+ people aren’t in a union and have little or no idea what unions do. Most LGBT+ people don’t think too much about how we got the rights we now enjoy. And most LGBT+ people (even those who know how hard we struggled) have not connected that progress with the role played by unions.…

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One day without us: fairness for migrants & a better deal for all

19 Feb 2017, By

Today, Monday 20 February, is UN world day of social justice, with the global theme of preventing conflict and sustaining peace through decent work. So it’s appropriate that grassroots campaigners have chosen today as ‘One Day Without Us’, a day to draw attention to the contribution that migrants make to the UK economy and the need…

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The Great Austerity Debate: Using the power of theatre, unions and communities to explore social policy

08 Nov 2016, By Guest

The words “an interactive play” would strike fear into the hearts of most people. However, last Friday Unite hosted an initiative at its London and Eastern office that combined the skills of theatre with trade union experience and the voices of communities to explore the pressing social issues facing the country and the potential for change.…

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Cable Street 80: Remembering their actions, living their values

07 Oct 2016, By

It’s 80 years this week since the Battle of Cable Street, when working-class neighbourhoods united to drive Oswald Moseley’s British Union of Fascists out of the East End. The blackshirts’ planned march to threaten the East End’s Jewish communities was beaten back and had to be protected by police as they fled. Events like this are…

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Two tribes is not the way to reconnect with abandoned Britain

06 Aug 2016, By

The EU referendum result was a close one – 52% to 48% suggests a country deeply divided, and there are clearly good reasons for being concerned about that. But the polling the TUC commissioned for when the polls closed suggests that the country isn’t as divided as the close vote suggests. And that’s crucial to…

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