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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

This year, the campaign focus for HeartUnions week is tackling sexual harassment at work. We're demanding employers to take reasonable steps to protect workers from sexual harassment and victimisation. Most employers rely on individuals reporting cases, but this is not enough. 4 out of 5 people don’t feel able to report sexual harassment to their employer. We’ve got a plan to radically change this - but we need you with us.

 

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. 

  • Kick off #heartunions week by joining our urgent call on Monday 10 February at 7pm with Frances O’Grady and others to discuss the plan on how we can take action together to prevent sexual harassment.
  • Get a refresher on how to have a good organising conversation by joining our webinar on Tuesday 4 February . We’ll hear top tips from two exciting young organisers in the movement.
  • Run a workplace event, rally, or a street stall , highlighting the good work unions do? You could get signatures for our petition calling for a change in the law on sexual harassment or find a local issue that your union can make a difference on. Whatever you are doing for HeartUnions week download our activist pack to get advice on how to run your actions.
  • TUC regions will also be offering face-to-face organising training workshops. Contact your regional office to find out if there’s one in your area. Contact TUC regions for the toolkit, Northern cdawson@tuc.org.uk, North West JMcKenna@tuc.org.uk, Yorkshire & Humber GLewis@tuc.org.uk, Midlands RJohnston@tuc.org.uk, London, South East & East Heselden@tuc.org.uk, South West ILage@tuc.org.uk, Wales JRees@tuc.org.uk.
  • We have a collection of HeartUnions resources for you to download and use throughout the week. We also have pens, mugs, t-shirts and badges you can purchase from our online shop. 

Sign up below to get the latest HeartUnions news straight into your inbox. 

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

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