Stopping a catastrophic no deal Brexit and an industrial strategy that supports jobs at the heart of a green economy are among the key themes for Unite at this year’s TUC Congress in Brighton, which runs from Sunday 8 September – Wednesday 11 September.

Sunday (8 September) afternoon sees the Brexit debate, while Unite’s motion on industrial strategy is expected to be moved by the union’s general secretary Len McCluskey on Tuesday (10 September) morning. Unite’s motion on the climate crisis and a just transition is expected to be heard later in the day on Tuesday afternoon.

On the fringe Unite will be highlighting how a long hours culture and unsocial hours are taking their toll on workers’ wellbeing and health and safety at work with the launch of its ‘burning the candle at both ends’ campaign. There will also be a celebration of 100 years of The Landworker magazine for agricultural workers.

Both fringes will be streamed on Facebook Live via:

  • 17:45 Monday 9 September - Landworker: 100 years of rural news and why countryside workers need trade unions. Chaired by Unite assistant general secretary Diana Holland, speakers include: Landworker editor Amanda Campbell, Unite national officer Bev Clarkson and Unite rural campaigner Ivan Monckton. Venue: Regency Room, Hilton Hotel, Kings Road, Brighton.
  • 17:45 Tuesday 10 September – Burning the candle at both ends: The effect of long and unsocial hours on workers’ health and relationships. Chaired by Dr Faiza Shaheen, director CLASS, speakers include: Unite assistant general secretary Diana Holland, journalists and campaigner Ellie Mae O’Hagan, acting chair of Hazards campaign Janet Newsham plus workers from the construction, bus and haulage industries. Venue: Meeting room 8, Brighton conference centre.

Key media contacts for TUC congress 2019 are: Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 07967 665869 or Barckley Sumner Unite communications officer on 07802 329235


Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.