Unite's message for Labour

Reporter’s Guide in association with Unite the Union

The Labour Party conference will be in Bournemouth this year, and Unite is holding a rally to drive home its policy demands. It will be on Sunday 23 September, the first day of the conference.

Unite is convinced that the concessions to working people represented in the agreement between Labour and the unions before the last election – the so-called Warwick agreement – were instrumental in turning out the Labour vote.

In the Message for Labour that Unite insists will be heard loud and clear at Bournemouth, the union is making the case for Warwick II so that its members will have good reason to turn out for Labour again. Leading the field are six clear demands:

• Build affordable housing for working people

• Equal rights for agency workers;

• End private sector involvement in public services and end market driven reforms of public services;

• Employment rights to protect jobs;

• Mandatory equal pay audits to address the gender pay gap;

• Extending statutory recognition rights to firms with less than 20 employees; and

• Corporate manslaughter laws which make directors liable for corporate killing.

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