Our very popular activity, giving out Valentine's flowers while having more than 300 union conversations in Wolverhampton, Bilston & Wednesfield 2020
We ran stalls on Sat 8th Feb 2020 at Wednesfield market and Sun 9th Feb at Bilston market and Wolverhampton market on Fri 14 Feb.
Volunteers from UNITE, UCU, UNISON, FBU, PCS, GMB and South West CLP helped.
2020: Embedding a culture of recruiting and organising
2019: We gave out Valentine's flowers and our own union leaflets and engaged hundreds in conversations about trade unons as part of national TUC #heartunions week
Bilston market Sunday 10th February 2019
#heartunions weekend - even more successful involving 15 different delegates and supporters in Wednesfield & Bilston, along with music from Tim Martin. Unite, Unison, CWU, PCS, MU, GMB, FBU, UCU and Students union. Over 300 people engaged with and given trade union recruitment info, details of our TUC and a Valentines flower.
Wednesfield market Saturday 9th February 2019
Sunday 11th February Bilston Market stall
Saturday 10th February 2018 Wednesfield High St stall
Tim Martin (Musician's Union) joined us on our stalls to perform some of his songs
Every job should be a great job https://www.tuc.org.uk/campaigns/every-job-should-be-great-job
The Great Jobs Agenda is a charter for everyone to see whether you're in a great job, that unions can use to negotiate with employers to improve things, employers can use to check how they're doing, and we all can use to campaign for government action.
We want workers to know when their job is a great job or a rubbish job, we want employers to sign up to make all their jobs great jobs, and we want MPs and councillors to commit to making great jobs for all a possibility.
The Great Jobs Agenda says all workers must:
be paid fairly
work in a safe and healthy workplace
be treated decently
have regular hours
get a voice on what matters at work; and
get the chance to get on in life
Five actions to take to make your job great https://www.tuc.org.uk/great-jobs-agenda-fives-actions-you-can-take
UNISON, UNITE, UCU and GMB members joined Wolverhampton & Bilston TUC's campaigning; six came out in the snow in Wednesfield and seven in the rain in Bilston to hand out out Valentine flowers and spread the trade union message as part of a national campaigning week.
Saturday 11th February Wednesfield view all photos at https://www.facebook.com/pg/wolvestuc/photos/?tab=album&album_id=777880029035153
Sunday 12th February Bilston all photos are on https://www.facebook.com/pg/wolvestuc/photos/?tab=album&album_id=780146538808502
Wolves TUC delegates
Heartunions is a special week of activities throughout England and Wales to showcase the fantastic work unions do. It’s a chance for everyone to get involved, help tell their own stories and build our trade union movement.
It will celebrate the great work done by union reps and members in our workplaces and in society.
The aim of the week is to enable union members to tell positive stories about unions to the wider public and non-members in the workplace.
The Big Workplace Meeting - Thursday 9 Feb
The Big Workplace Meeting live event, broadcast to branch meetings at 12.30pm. Frances O’Grady answered questions about the role of unions in the modern workplace and highlight great stories from across our trade union movement.
Three things to think about when deciding which union to join
1. It’s always a good to join a union that’s already active where you work – ask your colleagues or look for clues like a union noticeboard
2. Some jobs (like firefighters) have unions that look after them specifically. Other jobs don’t – but they are looked after just as well by general unions, who have specialist sections.
3. There is strength in numbers. So why not see if your friends and colleagues at work want to join up to a union too, and all do it together.
Isn’t it time you joined a union? Find out more at: tuc.org.uk/joinaunion
Our activity last year was a great success