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Election 2015: Glasgow - What’s at stake for work, pay and trade unions?

Thu 12 February 2015, 6:30pm

Unite the union, John Smith House, 145/165 West Regent Street
Glasgow G2 4RZ

Class is holding a series of events across the country on What Britain Needs ahead of the General Election in May, starting in Glasgow on Thursday 12 February and including Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Bristol over the following 6 weeks.

With the General Election just weeks away, the debate about how we get fairness and greater equality in Britain - from protecting the NHS and public services to improving housing, pay and rights at work - is more urgent than ever. Our Glasgow event will see the publication of a new Class pamphlet on the role of trade unions in tackling inequality and developing a sustainable economy and the event will focus on the trade union movement in the context of the General Election.

Pay inequality and falling living standards will be defining challenges for the next government. With a record 5 million workers on low pay, the decline in collective bargaining coverage and new threats to hard-won employment rights, how can the trade union movement fight back?

The regulation of working conditions and pay is a key lever of economic policy. High labour standards raise wages, increase demand, decrease unemployment and diminish inequality. Trade unions are essential in putting collective bargaining at the heart of the UK’s economic reconstruction and ensuring our future economy is a sustainable one that works for everyone and not just the few.

The event will debate what’s at stake at the General Election and will look at what policies are required to restore bargaining power in the workplace and strengthen the power of the trade unions.

Speakers include:

Neil Findlay MSP, Shadow Cabinet member, Fair Work, Skills and Training

Angela O'Hagan, Women in Scotland's Economy Research Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University

Dave Moxham, STUC Deputy General Secretary

Samantha Ritchie, Chair of  Unite Scotland Young Members

Chair: Libby Brooks, Guardian

With an introduction from Tim Roache, GMB Yorkshire & North Derbyshire Regional Secretary and President of Class.


Register for free for this event below

Download the flyer for the event here

And to find out more about the other regional events in our series, click here.

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