“If you don’t fight you will always lose”

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New Wales TUC President, Brendan Kelly, tells us about his priorities for the year ahead and why he’ll be marching in London on 18 June.

We face an enormous task to combat the cost of living crises. This is not an academic discussion as we know it’s a desperate struggle for survival for millions of workers. We must support and be there for all workers who are fighting and taking action.

It’s an honour for RMT and myself to hold the position of Wales TUC President for 2022/23. I look forward to supporting the General Secretary, Shavanah Taj, and the TUC team.

Over the next year we will work together to campaign to improve the lives of workers and make sure that our progressive policies in Wales are actually delivering for workers. 

Join us in London on 18 June

The Demand Better march in London on 18 June is an important opportunity to take our message of opposition to the Tory government to the streets with our banners.

On 18 June we demand:

  • A real pay rise for every worker – and a real living wage for all
  • Respect and security for all workers - ban zero hours contracts, ban fire and rehire, decent sick pay now
  • End racism at work
  • Tax energy profits to pay our bills
  • Raise universal credit
  • Boost union bargaining rights now

And more than that: we demand a government that listens and acts to support working people.

Find out  more about the 18 June march

But this cannot be an isolated event.  The trade union movement must support and prepare for mass action where workers refuse to accept the burden of the Covid and Capitalist crises.

My old leader and friend, Bob crow, said “If you fight you might lose but if you don’t fight you will always lose.”