From the TUC

Announcing: Winners of the ‘TUC 60 Second Ad’ Contest

10 Sep 2009, By


The results are in for the TUC ‘60 Second Ad’ Contest. The judging panel, which included Frances O’Grady and Nigel Stanley of the TUC and English television and film director Pete Travis, selected the following winners. These are listed below and in no particular order.


Paul Rey-Burns, musician, songwriter and filmmaker, with the film ‘Photo-booth’‘funny, smart and subverted the idea of what a union is about and what trade unions should be, it appealed to people’s sense of humour’  


James, Sean, Bridie and Ruby of Chesterfield High School in Crosby, with the film, ‘Why Should I Join a Union’, a ‘Sparky, down-to-earth film with a quirky sense of humour, not too serious with an important message….the young people were really engaging and great characters’


Thomas Weaver of Malta General Workers Union with the film, ‘I have my union’. This was an aspirational film, and reflects the aspirations of many trade union members. The message that trade unions make you feel good about your life is an excellent one’


Andy Belfield and colleagues of Unison West Midlands with, ‘You deserve better – join a union’. ‘This was a Barack Obama inspired film

that really picked up on the zeitgeist of its time. We all need to see inspirational politicians that people connect with.’ 
   Two other films that were not winners but highly commended were:

Diana Veitch and Louise Chinnery of Unison with the film, ‘We work better together’, which was ‘Witty and entertaining, showing a real situation at work..highly commended’


Gary Williams with the animation ‘Join a union’.  ‘Cute, and shows the difference between exterminate and negotiate…highly commended’


Frances O’Grady, TUC Deputy General Secretary, said: “The TUC 60 Second Advert Challenge has been a fantastic success, with entries across all age groups from as far afield as Malta and Thailand.

“Everybody who took part should be commended. Lots of different people had a go and really showed how passionate people are about trade unions and being trade unionists.”


The awards will be given and the winning entries shown at TUC Congress on Monday 14th September at the Fringe, ‘Reaching Out – Organising Young Workers’.

All of the winning entries can be viewed at