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Strong unions matter, which is why the TUC assists unions, through the Organising Academy, to build membership, improve workplaces and speak with authority on behalf of working people and their families.

Strong unions are created by investing in organising; thinking about our resources, how we represent members and develop reps and stewards.

For more information on what we're up to day to day, you can read our blog, Stronger Unions or you can contact the team on organisingacademy@tuc.org.uk

Stronger Unions Blog
Stronger Unions is a news and comment blog about the UK trade union movement, managed by the TUC. We aim to be a central resource on the web for people wanting to find out about what unions are doing, and a community for people to contribute their own thoughts on developments for our movement.

The average trade union member in the private sector earns £53 a week more than workers who are not members of unions. As there are some really big earners at the top of the private sector in industries such as finance, the union pay premium is even starker when measured...
21 April 2014
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird today announced her delight that the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Northumbria Police are now accredited Living Wage employers. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently by the Centre for Social Policy at Loughborough University and updated annually...
15 April 2014
Last week marked the end of the TUC’s Fair Pay Fortnight . Between the 24 th March and 6 th April around 90 events took place throughout Britain, over 25 of which were in the North East, ranging from wage summits to street stalls. Prominent living wage employers, MPs, young...
14 April 2014
Union health and safety reps gathered at Newcastle Civic Centre on Tuesday 1 st April to discuss the health and safety implications involved in the production and use of nanomaterials. Attendees were welcomed by Edwin Jeffries, Chair of the Northern TUC Health and Safety Forum who introduced the first speaker,...
07 April 2014
Probation under Threat Probation officers have a very important job which is often extremely challenging as they seek to rehabilitate people often lacking basic skills, perhaps damaged by drugs, alcohol or mental health problems; some with a history of violence. The national association of probation officers (NAPO) are a powerful,...
07 April 2014
Benefits Advice for people affected by Cancer In conjunction with Macmillan Cancer Support we are offering this bite size briefing which will give an overview of the work being undertaken by the Northern TUC Asbestos Support and Campaign Group. The briefing will also give an insight into the benefit entitlements...
03 April 2014
In the April issue: Fair Pay Fortnight; Action for Rail; Organising Migrant Workers; Working Multiple Jobs; TUC response to BIS Zero Hours Consultations; Budget Submission; Political engagement; Health and Safety; Benefits advice for Cancer Sufferers and Carers; International
03 April 2014
Today is the midpoint of the TUC’s Fair Pay Fortnight campaign, where we are campaigning for fairer pay and to get all MPs and political parties to focus on the need for Britain to get a pay rise. Fair Pay is a key issue, as since 2010 workers have had...
31 March 2014
Union Health and Safety reps are meeting at the Civic Centre in Newcastle on Tuesday 1st April to discuss the health and safety implications involved in the production and use of nanomaterials. Speaking at the event, Professor Vicki Stone, Director of Nanosafety Research Group at Heriot-Watt University commented: “Nanotechnology is...
31 March 2014
Trades Union Councils and County Associations are an important part of the labour movement, bringing together activists at a grassroots level and representing the trade union movement to the broader community. All unions, affiliated to the TUC, are asked to circulate this directory to their union branches and encourage them...
28 March 2014