This week marks #HeartUnions Week, and it has never been more important to join a Trade Union. Labour Leader Nancy Platts talked about this in her column in The Argus this week:
“We are living in unparalleled times and along with the tragic loss of life and damage to health, we’ve also seen the huge risk the pandemic poses to workers’ jobs, pay, safety and conditions. That is why trade unions are more important than ever and I am supporting #HeartUnions week, which started yesterday.
“Having worked in the trade union movement, I’ve seen first-hand the massive difference unions make for everyone at work and I urge anyone not already in a union to join.
“When a group of workers act and speak together, their employer has to listen, which is how unions make things better.
“According to the TUC, on average, union members get higher pay than non-members. They are also likely to get better sickness and pension benefits, more paid holiday and more control over things like shifts and working hours. This is because workers join together to negotiate pay and conditions.
“We wouldn’t have basic working rights like weekends, holidays and maternity and sick pay if it wasn’t for people coming together through the trade union movement, over decades, to demand change…
“…It has never been more important to use our collective strength and organising power to demand a seat at the table in the interests of our communities and all working people.”