Unemployed Workers Centres

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Unemployed Workers Centres don't just help unemployed and disabled people to get the benefits they need to survive. They run training courses and other services to help their clients into jobs and out of poverty.

In towns across the country, the task of representing the trade union movement on local and national government initiatives such as the New Deal, Employment Zones and European Social Fund projects is fulfilled by Unemployed Workers' Centres. Some centres are going further, leading the way in developing positive labour market programmes.

Unemployed Workers’ Centres help some of the poorest people in Britain to get benefits and jobs . They are developing new programmes to help socially excluded people back into the mainstream, and campaigning for reforms that will help claimants for years to come.


The 2015 Annual Conference of Trades Union Councils takes place on 13 and 14 June 2015 in Crewe at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club. The final agenda for the conference is available here.
21 May 2015
This conference takes place on Friday, 27th February at Congress House. The conference, called by the TUC National Unemployed Workers Centres Consultative Committee, aims to bring together trade unionists and the TUC unemployed workers centres - to challenge the consensus narrative on Welfare and develop the agenda for a fight-back...
29 January 2015
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14 May 2013
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08 November 2012
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26 October 2012
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24 October 2012
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