If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that trade unions are needed now, more than ever, to represent and unite people in our divided and unequal society.
Unite has led the fight, since the very start of the Covid crisis, to protect working people’s safety, jobs and wages. Our officials worked day in and day out to secure the original Job Retention Scheme from a reluctant government and have battled ever since to keep that support going and to stop employers using Covid as a cover to slash jobs, terms and conditions.
And our army of safety reps have ensured that workplaces have been Covid secure to return to, and have exposed those that continue to put their workers’ health and lives at risk.
So, I’m very pleased to support the work of Labour Party Graphic Designers in using their skills and talents to back our mantra to Join a Union – it’s been our clarion call throughout these dreadful months.
The labour movement has a proud history of using bold imagery and design, particularly with our colourful banners which highlight our presence and values on marches and parades. The designs our movement create often contain symbolism to highlight our values of unity, solidarity, strength and compassion – a tradition very ably demonstrated in this artpack, along with how much trade unions have achieved.
A society today without trade unions would be a far more unequal one, and a more dangerous one. It’s a fact that workers in unionised workplaces are safer, stronger and higher paid than in non-union workplaces. Trade unions are the first and last line of defence for workers against the power and might of unrestrained capital and bad bosses, and we’ve seen and fought plenty of them during this pandemic.
Trade unions put equality at work and in civil society front and centre, campaigning for an end to discrimination and to inequality in wages and power. We’ve played a central role in the history of our nations and in securing the rights that most working people take for granted – equal pay, the national minimum wage, health and safety regulations, pension rights, family friendly policies, maternity and paternity leave, holiday pay and much more.
And we’re defending them hard, in the face of economic conditions that too many greedy bosses are seizing on to undermine and deny them.
Even though trade unions are the largest voluntary body in our society, their history and purpose feature nowhere on the school national curriculum. That’s why I always say that we must tell our own story and fight for our own justice.
And so I thank the Labour Party Graphic Designers for their contribution to telling that history, and for supporting our movement in urging everyone, in or out of work, to Join a Union.
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To coincide with the release of our latest art pack and the We Demand Better march on June 18th, cartoonist Jamie-Max Caldwell has created this excellent guide on how to make your very own placard.Download