The union movement is proud to have links with friends and comrades around the world. Hear from campaigns and organisations on how our shared values can support collective goals.
Saturday, 15 July
10.30 – 11.30 In conversation with… Emmanuel Jal
In this exciting interview, hear from one of our star performers at the Festival this year, Emmanuel Jal as discusses his life from fleeing the Sudanese civil war and being trained as a child soldier, to discovering hip hop and the political and spiritual power of music. As a successful international musician, actor and activist, Jal continues to use his platform to bring messages of peace and enlightenment.
12.00 – 12.30 Cuba Solidarity
Hear how you can support the campaign to oppose the illegal, unjust blockade of Cuba that has damaged Cuba and its people for decades.
12.45 – 13.15 Communities for Ukraine, with Citizens UK
Communities for Ukraine is a refugee sponsorship programme, that was created in March 2022, in response to the humanitarian situation caused by the war in Ukraine. Communities for Ukraine welcomes Ukrainians to the UK through the support of individual UK host families and our ‘resettlement partners’ – civil society organisations, which has included faith groups, community groups, businesses, and universities, and we now hope to expand our network to trade unions.
We also do community sponsorship and employment based advocacy for refugees through Sponsor Refugees, which seeks to support communities to resettle refugee families to their local neighbourhood and support them to build a new life in the UK.
So please come along and learn about what we do and how either your union, or you as an individual, can help!
13.45 – 14.45 No Prison Barge – Refugees welcome
In this panel discussion organised by Stand Up To Racism Dorset, speakers discuss the planned barge in Portland that will house over 500 refugee men in cramped, unsafe conditions. With no health or welfare facilities available, this inhumane decision by the Conservative government is only sowing the seeds of division and hate, and empowering extremist groups to attack vulnerable people.
15.00 – 15.30 Putting the union in ‘union-made’
No Sweat discuss their union-made T-shirt project, how it helps workers, how it is challenging brands to put trade unions at the heart of their business model.