Wales is facing a huge change and uncertainty for working people, their families and their communities. At the 2018 biennial Wales Trade Union Congress in Llandudno (22nd-24th May), 300 elected representatives of over 400,000 trade union members in Wales will meet to debate the opportunities and challenges which lie ahead and set the union movement priorities for Wales over the next two years.
Congress will set out what government, unions and employers – in the public, private and voluntary sectors - need to do in order to make Wales a ‘fair work nation’; delivering economic and social justice.
This year Welsh Congress meets for the first time since taking on major new devolved powers. Under the new Wales TUC constitution decisions about Wales will be made solely in Wales. As the UK TUC celebrates its 150th year, this is a significant step in the story of devolution with the largest democratic civic organisation ‘coming of age’ – proudly part of the TUC but with grown up responsibility for Wales.
This new status will be reflected in major policy debates around the economy, public services and social justice.
On Thursday 24th Carwyn Jones will address Congress for the last time as First Minister – setting out his government’s priorities for working in social partnership with the Welsh union movement.
During the week delegates will also hear contributions from the Irish, Scottish and British trade union congresses, with TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady expected to highlight on Wednesday 23rd the UK wide impact of Brexit.