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The fight for a New Deal for Britain’s Workers has been a central theme of the CWU’s wider campaigning work and is a fighting response to the growing casualisation of the nation’s workforce.
Our General Secretary Dave Ward has won support from both the TUC and the Labour Party for the key demands of this campaign, which are to win for every worker in the UK, in every industry and sector, the basic right to job security, rights at work, and a fair and living wage.
Working with our fellow trade unionists, the CWU won support for the big New Deal march that filled central London on May 12th 2018 and we are following up that success with a motion to the forthcoming 2018 TUC setting out several steps to take this campaign forward.
CWU motion to TUC 2018 – A New Deal For Workers:
Congress agrees the 12th May New Deal Rally is the catalyst for stronger collective action in the biggest trade union campaign for decades to reclaim our purpose as the collective voice of workers and to change the balance of forces in the world of work.
The General Council must agree, publish and deliver a new deal next steps plan based on the following:-
- Agree a common bargaining agenda for individual sectors to tackle insecure employment and in work poverty and stress.
- Convene a summit to agree a charter, similar to Bridlington, which promotes greater co-operation on how we recruit the millions of unorganised UK workers and bring an end to inter-union competition.
- Agree a trade union New Deal Manifesto that builds on the Labour Party Manifesto and the work of the Institute of Employment Rights.
- Organise a day of action in support of the new deal in the first half of 2019, backed up and preceded by our biggest ever collective communication, social media and workplace meeting strategy. The action will be deliverable by agreeing an innovative menu of options that workers everywhere can participate in on a given date.
Congress recognises that with the structural inequality and imbalance of power in today’s economy, the major problems in today’s world of work and the challenge of the fourth industrial revolution it has never been more important for unions to come together like never before and deliver a bold new deal for workers.