Community trade union Conference video – Torquay 2017

Community trade union Conference video – Torquay 2017


Community The modern union for a changing world Our union has thousands of members All across the UK Working in different industries I am a shoemaker I am a charity worker I’m a freelancer I sort out post I am a steelworker I work in politics I am a route machinist I work in logistics I’m a prison officer I’m a carpet weaver I’m a sewing machinist I work in financial services I grow tomatoes We all do different jobs But there is one thing that unites us We’re all Community And together, we’re helping to build a better working world The world of work is changing Our traditional industries are under threat And too many of us don’t feel secure in our jobs New technologies and new ways of working can be good But only if they serve workers and protect our rights We’re not afraid of change But we will always work to make change work for us The world of work is changing And so our union is changing too Community is now active in more sectors than ever before We use the latest technologies to support our reps and speak to our members And our new brand is helping us connect with different people in new industries Whoever you are Wherever you work From industrial workplaces of five thousand people To the freelancer working at their kitchen table Community is here for each and every one of us But while we are changing, some things will always stay the same We will always fight to protect our members’ jobs When the steelworks at Redcar was closing it was Community that led the fight to save it And it is Community that has supported the town since this tragedy We will always push for higher wages and better conditions It was having Community here, on our site, that meant we want the better living wage for all the workers here at XPO And we will always protect our members health & safety at work The work we do here can often be dangerous, problems can come out of nowhere Having a Community health & safety rep makes a massive difference in making sure that we are all safe at our work In the past 2 years our Member Service Centre has helped over ten thousand members We offer instant and professional legal advice to our reps and members And we run professional campaigns that get noticed by decision makers around the world The ‘Save Our Steel’ campaign has been just phenomenal Everyone has been talking about it and it has really shifted the debate about our industry Campaigning with fellow Community members across the country for a safer justice sector It’s really made people sit up and take notice Yes we’re pragmatic but we’re really passionate about improving safety for our members We know there are challenges ahead Another Conservative government Workers’ rights under threat Automation putting jobs at risk Real wages not going up But we’ll face these challenges together And together, there’s nothing we can’t achieve So let’s keep our union growing Let’s keep expanding into new sectors And let’s keep doing what we do best Supporting our members in the workplace And fighting for the future of our industries Not afraid to be different Not afraid to speak up for what’s right We are Community The modern union For a changing world

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