Demand a fair pension at the NEU: Open letter to Dr Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretaries, National Education Union

Dear Mary and Kevin, Save our pensions! UWU members who work at the NEU have recently been made aware of the NEU Executive planning to impose significant cuts to staff pensions. Lower future benefits, higher costs for staff and savings for the employer. We are ordinary working people and we’ve gone above and beyond during … Continue reading Demand a fair pension at the NEU: Open letter to Dr Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretaries, National Education Union

Building the union for positive change and member education update

Butting heads It was inevitable. The bigger and more influential our union grows, the greater the push back will be. As some members know; the UWU received numerous member complaints following a speight of online attacks against our union just a few weeks ago. These attacks were unfounded, unreasonable and unprovoked. Worse still, these attacks … Continue reading Building the union for positive change and member education update

Press release: Union legal challenge to Exeter City Council over Covid pay

The Union Workers’ Union (UWU), has filed employment tribunal proceedings against Exeter City Council (ECC) following a dispute over furlough pay for some of its lowest-paid part-time workers. ECC furloughed numerous staff in March 2020 as a result of the pandemic. ECC advised workers they would be paid until the end of the scheme or … Continue reading Press release: Union legal challenge to Exeter City Council over Covid pay

Member feedback, new training courses and are our workplaces really ‘Covid Secure’?

Members speak! Following our very first all-member survey, 27% of members responded with your thoughts on the development of the union is the months ahead. Highlights as follows: 64% of responders would prefer a more direct democracy going forward;Legal cover, effective campaigns & bargaining were voted as the top 3 asks;  96% want to see a … Continue reading Member feedback, new training courses and are our workplaces really ‘Covid Secure’?

Press release: Investigation into sexual harassment within GMB union

For immediate release The Union Workers’ Union (UWU), the recently formed union for staff of trade unions, has reacted with shock but not surprise following the publication of the damming report by Karon Monaghan QC into sexual harassment within GMB. UWU Vice President Kay Nicholls said: “Our members work in unions across the UK and … Continue reading Press release: Investigation into sexual harassment within GMB union

Summer roundup – get involved in your union

Roaring recognition Another month, another recognition agreement. We are delighted to announce we have an agreement in principle with the newly formed Criminal Justice Workers Union. We look forward to a long a productive relationship over the years ahead.   Winning on casework We've been picking up increasing amounts of casework in recent months. With the support … Continue reading Summer roundup – get involved in your union

Our first recognition agreement is signed and all member meeting is this July

Recognition It's been another exciting month for the UWU, we continue to grow and now have members in 18 different unions and 7 associated employers. Building on this success, we've now signed our very first recognition agreement with the trade union education provider the RED Learning Cooperative. This development marks an important point in our development as the … Continue reading Our first recognition agreement is signed and all member meeting is this July

Calling on women union workers to organise

Calling women union workers Calling women union workers...Following the allegations circulating the movement in recent weeks it's never been more clear; we need a strong, independent and campaigning union to ensure work is a safe space for everyone, especially women unions workers. The UWU was delighted to receive an invitation to speak at the recent Sister's to the Front online conference, hosted by … Continue reading Calling on women union workers to organise

We did it! We’re officially a union

We did it! After several months of evidence submission; the Union Workers' Union is now officially listed with the Certification Officer. This brings to a close, months of work by the core team who have been liaising closely with colleagues in the London Certification Office. Our listing application had to clear some major hurdles following a challenging ruling by … Continue reading We did it! We’re officially a union