2018 marks the 150th year anniversary of the TUC. From the suffrage struggles in the early 1900’s and the right to vote, to the free school movement, the formation of the NHS and even the creation of a political party to represent working people, the TUC and the trade unions have been at the heart of change for working people and their families across Britain.
During 2018, there will be a programme of events and activities across the country that celebrate all that the trade union movement has achieved whilst looking to the future of trade unionism and the workers struggle.
The TUC Northern Equalities Conference is one of our major anniversary events taking place in the North East.
A one day programme of speeches, panel discussions, debates, workshops, followed by opportunities to network and socialise.
The focus of the day will be to celebrate and raise awareness of equalities campaigns past and present whilst strengthening skills and understanding around current equalities issues and struggles.
Mike Jackson and Dave Lewis, original members of LGSM - Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners strike, whose story was featured in the award winning film ‘Pride’
Philippa Scrafton - Programme Manager at Stonewall, Trans and Equalities Activist, Unison member
Aderonke Apata - Human Rights Activist, Feminist and LGBT Equality Advocate. Founder of African Rainbow Family, an LGBT group that supports LGBTIQ asylum seekers and people of African heritage in the UK. DIVA Magazine LGBT Heroine of the year 2015
Emma Lewell Buck MP - South Shields. Shadow Minister for Children and Families
Cllr Sharifah Rahman - Darlington's Young Citizen of the Year. Hate Crime Activist and one of the country's youngest politicians, becoming a Councillor in 2017 at the age of 18 years
Using equality law to promote disability friendly workplaces
Organising migrant workers
Tackling racism in the workplace
Tackling sexual harassment and discrimination
Self-organising and improving representation within trade unions