Amicus, the GMB and the T&G have strongly reaffirmed their commitment to build a new ‘super union’ to meet the challenges of the 21st century, at the first meeting of the working party established to carry forward the proposal.
Leaders of the three unions reaffirmed their belief believe that the new union would greatly strengthen the industrial and political position of trade unionism in the UK.
The new body would also be committed to organising those workers presently outside any trade union, to campaigning, to equality for all and the promotion of diversity, to internationalism, the education and development of activists and to playing an influential political role.
The meeting agreed that a timetable should be discussed for the new union to come into being in January 2007.
Further meetings of the working party will be held during the summer. Areas still to be discussed include the structure of the new union – noting that all three participating unions presently have strong industrial and regional structures – and issues of finance and accountability.