How does being part of the TUC help our members as they face these challenges?
Just as workers are stronger together in a union, unions are stronger together in the TUC. We bring together 48 unions representing 5.5 million workers in every part of the economy. We are a unique democratic organisation of, and for, working people. And by pooling our experiences and expertise we are a more effective lobbying and campaigning force for our members. From campaigning for flexible working for all to setting the agenda on AI, the TUC represents the interests of workers and their unions to government, opposition parties, industry and employer associations, and a range of campaign groups and allies. We are also part of a broader European and international trade union movement, ensuring the concerns of workers are heard by key organisations such as the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and the OECD (the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development.
And Accord plays a key role in the TUC. Your General Secretary, Ged Nichols, is a great source of advice, experience and wisdom. He also has a great sense of humour – and you need a bit of humour in these jobs! He’s also a fellow Evertonian, so we deal with adversity on a day to day basis!
One of the big threats facing the trade union movement as a whole is the anti-strike legislation that’s been introduced by the government. What’s the TUC doing to fight the Minimum Service Levels Bill? And what can our members do to support the campaign?
We’re doing everything we can to stop this blatant assault on a fundamental British liberty, the right to strike. With more than one in five of the workforce affected, this is a massive, massive priority for us. We held our successful Protect the Right to Strike Day earlier this year, showing that the British people are strongly in favour of workers’ right to withdraw their labour. We’ve worked with peers to defeat the government several times in the Lords and we’re actively looking at how to defeat the legislation in the courts should it make it onto the statute book. And we’ve secured commitments from Labour that, should it win the next election, it will repeal the legislation at the first opportunity. Huge thanks to all those Accord members who have already joined our campaign – new supporters are always welcome. Please visit our Protect the Right to Strike micro-site to find out more.