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HeartUnions week will be taking place from 10 to 16 February 2020. It’s a chance to tell the story about why unions are vital for everyone at work, and encourage people who aren't yet in a union to join.
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What's it all about?

HeartUnions week is all about recruiting people. In 2020 we'll roll out new training on how to have organising conversations, as well as materials and advice to support you in getting new members into your union.

It's a chance for reps and activists to publicise what they've been doing and make the case for union membership.

The theme

In 2020, the campaigning theme for HeartUnions is standing against sexual harassment at work. Look out for more details about how you and your workmates can take action on sexual harassment, and use the campaign to encourage non-members to get involved.

Get involved

And as always - HeartUnions belongs to union members and union branches all over the UK. So use the week to raise the profile of your union branch and your workplace priorities in the way that works for your members and activists. Be loud, be proud, BE UNION!   

Look out for more details about how you and your workmates can take action on sexual harassment, and use the campaign to encourage non-members to get involved. 

Campaign activities:

  • A model workplace/employer policy to get your employer to sign up to (available soon)
  • A mass membership zoom call to galvanise activists, give advice and get them to take action with their mates in their workplace,  (More details to be announced)
  • Follow-up advice on how to plan an event or campaign on winning your workplace policy
  • A toolkit and suite of printed literature to support your activities. Contact TUC regions for the toolkit, YH sdennis@tuc.org.uk, Northern cdawson@tuc.org.uk, NW jjones@tuc.org.uk, Midlands rjohnston@tuc.org.uk, SW Ilage@tuc.org.uk, London and South East, lheseldon@tuc.org.uk, Wales dbevan@tuc.org.uk.

We'll also be rolling out new training on how to have organising conversations, as well as materials and advice to support you in getting new members into your union.

This will include:

  • A national TUC Education webinar in the week leading up to HeartUnions on “Having a Good Organising Conversation: 101,” aimed at all reps and activists wanting to learn or get a refresher on speaking to unorganised colleagues. Join the webinar (4 Feb 2020, 14:00-15:00)
  • A face to face workshop for activists on ‘how to organise' (TBA)
  • A toolkit of downloadable materials to support a week of ‘conversations’ with colleagues and un-unionised workers about the value of being a union

Don't forget to share your HeartUnions activities and stories on social media using #heartunions. 

Join a union

It's always good to join a union that's already active where you work - ask your colleagues, or look for information on a union noticeboard or on staff web pages.

Some jobs 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.

If you’re confused about which union to join, our online union finder will help you find the right one.

Use the online unionfinder tool now

There’s 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.

Contact

For more information about HeartUnions please email glewis@tuc.org.uk