Conference 2022

Welcome to Accord conference 2022

Accord's 2022 hybrid conference took place in Manchester - the same city that hosted the first one in 1980.

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Welcome from Ged

Welcome to the first edition of our new digital magazine. We hope you like it and look forward to receiving your feedback.

Well, what a year it’s been so far. With the (seemingly temporary) ending of the worst of the pandemic, the dreadful war in Ukraine, the cost-of-living crisis, interest rate increases, industrial unrest and political instability in the UK with no clear way out of the turmoil in sight.

We've achieved much in terms of pay deals and cost-of-living awards for Accord members in Lloyds Banking Group and TSB, but the benefits haven’t been spread evenly and the pressure is on already for a fair outcome for reward in 2023 – and the earlier the better.

Both banks reported healthy profits at the half-year with LBG increasing dividends to shareholders to 20%.

Corporate Britain seems to be in good shape with the energy and oil companies seeing record profits and the banks benefitting from the measures taken by the Bank of England to control inflation too.

As industrial action is being taken by more and more workers to try to get a fair deal, the candidates in the Conservative Party leadership contest are threatening more restrictions on trade unions. The result of the leadership contest is due to be announced on 5 September. With the TUC Congress starting in Brighton on 11 September, it’s going to be an interesting time.

I’ll be in Brighton with Accord’s delegation as we connect with our colleagues in other unions on the issues that matter to us all.

But before then, we’ll be putting forward our proposals for reward to the employers we work with and dealing with the priorities given to us by the biennial delegate conference in May.

Finally, a personal Thank You. Thirty years after my first election as General Secretary of Accord, I was elected for a further five-year term with effect from 1 August.

I’m so grateful for the support and the confidence shown in me.

I’ve learned so much over the last thirty years, but I’ll need it all and more to steer the union through the coming period and to win for members in these unprecedented times.

Working with our wonderful team, the President and the Principal Executive Council and our fantastic workplace reps, we ‘ll be doing everything we can to ensure that Accord remains a vibrant, independent, diverse and sustainable union for the future.

Accord's General Secretary Ged Nichols

Opening speech from Accord's General Secretary

Conference, it’s going to take a great deal of work to build back and emerge stronger from what we’ve lost in the last two years. And nobody else is going to do it for us. Let's stay true to our values but find the courage to change, to grow, to build. And to win for our members and our future members.

Emerging stronger from the 3 crises

Watch the opening video from conference

Watch the highlights

Over the two day event in Manchester, delegates...

  • took part in the 'Give a Hand' programme - building nearly 60 prosthetic hands that will transform the lives of individuals across the world
  • debated 26 motions (out of 104) to help set Accord's agenda for the next two years
  • heard from guest speakers from the TUC, Lloyds Banking Group and TSB
  • made history by being part of Accord's first ever hybrid Conference

As Ged said in his closing speech, "Our work doesn't end here - it begins as soon as we leave this hall. Surviving and thriving as an independent and sustainable trade union is going to take more effort than ever before. It’s down to us and us alone. Nobody is going to do it for us. So let’s recommit ourselves to our enduring campaigns for secure jobs, fair reward, dignity at work and equality. Let's stay true to our values and be full of courage. Let’s change, grow and build."

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us (in-person and online).


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