Received from: Prospect
Motion received from Prospect
Congress applauds the union members who have taken industrial action to secure decent pay rises during the cost-of-living crisis.
Congress notes that this has increased union visibility across the UK and has led to thousands of working people joining unions for the first time.
However, Congress is concerned that union membership dropped by 200,000 in 2022 and that, across the economy, just one in five workers are union members. Private sector union membership is at crisis point.
Congress believes that much more needs to be done to make trade union membership attractive, accessible and welcoming for all.
We cannot expect others to do it for us.
Greater urgency is needed to secure a vibrant and successful TUC for the next 10 years and beyond.
Consistent with trade union values, the TUC should work with unions to transparently address barriers to union membership and activism and, without preconception, consider practices and behaviours that can be improved, updated, and made more inclusive.
Congress instructs the General Council to consult widely and to develop a programme for action by Spring 2024.