Tuesday 9 February 2021 The Latest from Labour

Three reasons to join a union today

When the coronavirus crisis is over, we can’t go back to business as usual.

We must rebuild for a better future that provides opportunities for all and gives families the security to prosper. To do that people need to have a voice – which trade unions can provide.

This crisis shows why unions are so important and why you should join a union.

What is a trade union?

Trade unions are groups of working people who come together to protect and improve their working conditions.

Our unions make us stronger because they help us speak with one voice to our employers. They also campaign on our behalf.

Over the last 150 years, trade unions and the Labour Party have fought for and won vital protections like sick pay, paid holiday and parental leave, the minimum wage, protection from discrimination, equal pay laws and safer workplaces.

Three reasons to join a union

1. Safer workplaces

Over the years, unions have fought to make workplaces safer. From protective clothing to limits on working hours, they’ve come together to ensure employers do the right thing.

During this pandemic, union representatives have been on the frontline making sure employers provided handwashing facilities and enough space to social distance.

Protection at work depends on your trade union and their expert health and safety reps.

2. More secure jobs that pay better

Trade unions fight for jobs during tough times. They also negotiate with employers to get a better deal for workers by improving pay and working conditions.

Union members are more likely to have more control over their working hours, and workplaces with unions have higher pay.

By fighting for workers’ protection, unions can help us rebuild after this crisis. They can make sure new jobs are good jobs and help restore people’s pride in where they live.

3. Better sick pay

Workers in unions are more likely to have better sick pay than workers who are not. Sick pay is vital to stopping workplace illnesses from spreading which keeps families safe.

During the Covid-19 crisis, those with proper sick pay has allowed workers to isolate safely and not end up out of pocket for doing the right thing. This helped protect our NHS and our key workers. But this fight isn’t over. Too many people are reliant on Statutory Sick Pay which even the government has admitted isn’t enough to live on. Trade unions are at the forefront of this fight.

Trade unions founded the Labour Party over 100 years ago because we achieve more together than we do alone.

Trade unions and the Labour movement, working together, will help make Britain the best place to grow up in and grow old in. Together we can secure the economy, protect the NHS and rebuild our country.

Join a trade union today.