New Deal for Workers update: TUC Organise festival, organising pledge and live session with Frances O’Grady 6pm, 9th July
The purpose of this LTB is to provide a short update to branches on our work on a New Deal for Workers and events taking place over the next few days.
Firstly, as branches will be aware, the TUC is currently running Organise 2020, an online festival on recruitment, organising and digital innovation for unions from 9-11th July. In part, this initiative is a response to the CWU’s call for a New Deal for Workers and the motions we have taken to TUC Congress in recent years to push for greater focus on growing the movement and for unions to work together to recruit new members and root out insecure employment.
A full list of sessions is at the following link and we would encourage branches to attend online sessions where possible: https://www.tuc.org.uk/sign-organise-2020-events
Secondly, the TUC has today published a joint pledge that all affiliates have signed, committing to growing membership particularly among young workers, for greater co-operation to end inter-union competition and to push common bargaining agendas within sectors to address insecure working practices. A copy of this is attached to this LTB. Again, this pledge has arisen in response to motions we have taken to TUC Congress and it has been produced by a Working Group on a New Deal for Workers that the TUC set up following Congress last year.
Importantly, unions have agreed that the TUC will put resources into supporting this work, that it will co-ordinate activity between unions within individual sectors and that the General Council will review progress and the work that has been done each year and publish the results. The CWU has been pushing for a step-change in unions working together to grow the movement and we need to use the pledge and these commitments to ensure this happens.
Finally, as branches will be aware, we will be holding a live session at 6pm tonight with Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC, on the movement’s response to covid-19, a new deal for workers and how we grow trade union membership. This will be streamed on the CWU’s Facebook page, Twitter and Youtube and we will be putting your questions to her. We would ask branches to share details of this with members and to engage with the session tonight.
We will keep branches updated on this work and any questions on the contents of this LTB should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.