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Congress will be live online on the mornings of Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 September. Together, we will discuss the huge impact of coronavirus on working lives. 

Programme


Monday 14 September (all times subject to change). You can watch the live broadcast of Congress at www.tuc.org.uk/Congresslive.

10.15am

Congress opens with remarks from the president, Ged Nichols

10.25am

Debate:

Safety first – working people on the frontline of coronavirus
Read General Council Statement

11.10am

Keynote speech: Frances O’Grady, TUC general secretary

11.30am

Launching the TUC’s campaign for decent pay for key workers

11.45am

Debate:

The unequal impact of coronavirus
Read General Council Statement

12.20pm

Close

Afternoon

Fringe meetings


Tuesday 15 September (all times subject to change). You can watch the live broadcast of Congress at www.tuc.org.uk/Congresslive.

10.15 am

Debate:

Preventing unemployment and building a better recovery
Read General Council Statement

11.00am

Keynote speech: Keir Starmer MP, leader of the opposition

11.30am

Debate:

Trade unions at the forefront of tackling racism
Read General Council Statement

12.20pm

Debate:

A global recovery for working people
Read General Council Statement

12.45pm

Close

Afternoon

Fringe meetings


 

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Congress is open to everyone. It’s our moment to demand change for working people. Please share with your friends and workmates on Facebook and Twitter using #TUC20.

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Congress sessions
 

Safety first - working people on the frontline of coronavirus

10.30am, Monday 14 September

Nobody going to work should face risks to their safety and health. But too often, throughout this pandemic, the government hasn’t taken the action needed to keep workers safe. The link between decent employment, proper regulation and enforcement, and the safety and wellbeing of working people is undeniable. The trade union movement demands proper enforcement of the law on health and safety, new duties on employers, new rights for workers and union reps and decent sick pay for all.

Read General Council Statement

Keynote speech: Frances O’Grady, TUC general secretary

11am, Monday 14 September

Frances will give her annual address to Congress, demanding jobs, dignity and security for all workers.

Campaign launch: decent pay for our key workers

11.30am, Monday 14 September

It was the hard work and dedication of our key workers that got us through the crisis. Healthcare staff, care workers, retail and delivery workers, public transport workers, teachers and support staff, energy workers and thousands of others. It’s time for key workers to get the decent pay they have earned. It’s time to raise the minimum wage and ban the zero-hours contracts and false self-employment that leave carers, shop workers and delivery drivers struggling. Join us as we launch our campaign for decent pay for key workers, and a new deal for working people.

The unequal impact of coronavirus

11.45am, Monday 14 September

The pandemic has shone a stark light on the deep and persistent structural inequalities which cut across our country. Black workers, women, disabled people and LGBT+ people have all been disproportionately affected by the health and economic crises coronavirus has created. Workers on zero hours and insecure contracts and low-income workers have been on the frontline of the pandemic. The trade union movement demands the government promote equality in their plans for recovery, and acts now to tackle structural inequalities.

Read General Council Statement

Preventing unemployment and building a better recovery

10am, Tuesday 15 September

The economy is facing unprecedented economic challenges. But working people shouldn’t bear the burden of the pandemic. With the right action now, government can create the decent jobs with fair pay that Britain needs to get out of this recession and prevent the devastation of mass unemployment. The trade union movement demands a plan for recovery that puts jobs, security and dignity at its heart.

Read General Council Statement

Keynote speech: Keir Starmer MP, leader of the opposition

11am, Tuesday 15 September

Keir will give his first speech as leader of the Labour party to the trade union movement, setting out Labour’s plans for recovery. 

Trade unions at the forefront of tackling racism

11.30am, Tuesday 15 September

The UK trade union movement stands with our sisters and brothers in the USA as they speak out against the catalogue of racist murders of Black men and women. The Black Lives Matters protests have renewed a worldwide call for justice for Black people – and have highlighted once again the institutional racism and economic inequality that endures here in the UK. The trade union movement recommits itself to antiracism, and demands justice for Black workers.

Read General Council Statement

A global recovery for working people

12.10pm, Tuesday 15 September

The trade union movement is founded on solidarity and internationalism. We know that policies that hurt workers anywhere hurt workers everywhere. The coronavirus pandemic has shown up the failings of global rules that put the needs of corporations above those of workers. The trade union movement demands a global response that puts the needs and the voices of working people at the centre, to deliver a sustainable recovery from the pandemic.

Read General Council Statement

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