Our role as a Trade Union is to make things better for our members.
Mostly we do that through negotiating with employers, but sometimes we need to engage in politics and political campaigning.
By lobbying and working with MPs and others, we can fight for legislative changes, guaranteeing you better rights at work and fairer standards and we can also work to improve our members’ lives in other ways, such as through better pensions and benefits, and improving schools and health services.
In the past this political campaigning has delivered, for instance, the National Minimum Wage, paternity leave and equal rights for part-time workers.
Usdaw and Politics – A Short Guide for Union Activists
The Labour Party
The Trade Unions founded the Labour Party to represent working people in Parliament.
Labour is the only party that can and will deliver for Usdaw members. In the past Labour has delivered for our members following Usdaw campaigning, for instance on Trade Union recognition, the National Minimum Wage and increased maternity leave.
- Banning zero hours contracts and ensuring that every worker gets a guaranteed number of hours each week.
- Raising the Minimum Wage to at least £10 per hour by 2020 for all workers aged 18 or over, so that work pays.
- Enforcing all workers’ rights to Trade Union representation at work – so that all workers can be supported when negotiating with their employer.
- Doubling paid paternity leave to four weeks and increasing paternity pay.
Find out more about what Labour would do from their 2017 manifesto