Saturday, 15 July

11.00 – 12.30  Organising at work: how we did it

Workers and reps are the heart and soul of the union. Every day ordinary people make tremendous changes to the lives of their workmates and workers. In this inspiring session, hear from those who have organised, built strength and unity in their workplaces, branches and unions, against some of the nastiest of bosses.
Chaired by Hannah David, TUCSW Executive and PCS Vice-President; with Garfield Hylton, GMB Amazon; Dave Imre and Istfan, Unite reps; Maxine Looby UCU President-Elect and Vice-President for Further Education; PCS Nick Marro Culture Group organiser and V&A Museum; and Mick Whelan, ASLEF General Secretary.

12.30 – 13.00 Campaigns speak out!

The union movement supports a range of campaigns and organisations who seek to change the world for the better. In this round robin showcase, they share their stories and campaigns.

13.15 – 14.30  Forgotten towns: hidden stories of poverty 

In the idyllic rural and coastal towns of the South West, working people are trapped in the double-bind of seasonal, casualised low-paid work on the one hand, and punitive housing costs driven up by second homes on the other. The voices of Dorset, Cornwall and Devon speak out on their experiences, the need for change, and how they are fighting back. With: Jenny Lennon-Wood, Dorset TUC; Siobhan Lennon-Patience Weymouth and Portland Community Research Network); Jenn Forbes, trade union tutor and union activist.

15.00 – 16.30  Tackling abuse and sexual harassment – making workspaces safe

The ground-breaking TUC report in 2016 laid bare the level of harassment and abuse women face at work. And crucially how much further we have to go as a movement. As more reports surface on the scale of harassment women and other groups at work continue to face, we hear from those making a stand. Chaired by Nikki Pound, TUC Women’s Policy Officer, with Fliss from #MeTU; Claire Laycock; Deeba Syed, Rights of Women.


Outside the marquee – Bookmarks

16.00 Ralph Darlington (author of Labour Revolt in Britain) – book signing