Affiliated Unions

The Labour Party was formed out of the trade union movement to give working people their own political voice. The link from the workplace to the party through the affiliated trade unions is what makes it unique to this day. This link is more important than ever as we work together to tackle the urgent problems we face as a country, from stagnating wages to failing public services.

Labour Unions is the umbrella organisation that coordinates the activities of the 11 trade unions who affiliate to the Labour Party.

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Why you should join a trade union

Trade unions give power to working people and enable employees to speak with one voice to their employer.

They also help us to have a strong presence in every workplace and community up and down the country. Join a Labour-affiliated union today.


Trade unions give power to working people. They enable employees to speak with one voice to their employer – making us stronger together than we are alone.


Workers in unionised workplaces are less likely to lose their job, and are likely to have better than average maternity, paternity and redundancy policies.

Higher and more equal pay

Union members earn 10% more than non-members. Women are also more likely to get paid the same as men for doing the same or similar work.


Unions provide access to legal advice on employment matters and can represent you at any employment tribunal. They support and represent members who are the victims of discrimination, harassment or bullying.

The Labour Family

From the beginning trade unionists have been at the heart of our party. By working together we have changed Britain for the better from the NHS to the welfare state.