Branch Secretary : info@housingworkers.org.uk
  

Sharon Graham: open letter to all Unite members

Unite's new General Secretary writes to all Unite members.

 

 

I was recently privileged to be elected by you, our members, to be Unite General Secretary on a clear mandate for positive change.

 

Unite members face a critical time. Many employers are emboldened. Tactics such as 'Fire and Rehire' are becoming increasingly common, jobs are under threat, inflation is rising and pay is being suppressed.

 

Newly elected General Secretary Sharon Graham

 

I have been elected to do what it says on the trade union tin – fight for jobs, pay and conditions. That is exactly what I will be doing.

 

It will be the workplace over Westminster. Now is the time to build strong, effective trade unions.

 

The task of delivering on my commitments will begin immediately. I have clearly set out my reform agenda within the six sections of my Manifesto which I have laid out here

 

One of the biggest tasks facing me is to improve our service to the membership.

 

 

On Monday, I am launching my new General Secretary’s Member Hotline. Members will be able to contact my office at any time between 8am-8pm (Monday to Thursday) and 8am-6pm (Friday), through this Freephone number: 08085015098

 

I have also made other clear promises to deliver transparency, improve our service and hopefully make life a bit easier for all members, including:

 

·       Making proposals to freeze the cost of Union membership for at least 12 months.

 

·       Starting a review of member subscription rates.

 

·       Beginning a comprehensive review of our legal and marketing services.

 

·        Developing a new Unite Member Guarantee, which will set practical standards for the service that Unite members can expect.

 

·        Driving our focus onto the industrial, bargaining agenda.

 

·        Making sure that equality issues will be on the bargaining table.

 

·        Putting my expenses online.

 

·        Ensuring we have the resources to deliver with more support for Reps and Bargaining, including forensic accounting and the hiring of a new Finance Director.

 

As I have said throughout my campaign, the absolute priority for me will be supporting our members in the workplace and wider community.

 

This is particularly so for those facing attacks to their jobs, pay and conditions by bad bosses. Within 7 days of being elected General Secretary I brought together all of our Shop Stewards and Reps who are currently in dispute so that I could personally ensure that they had every support from their Union. I will not apologise for defending workers and will use all avenues to do this.

 

Over the forthcoming period I will begin the task of building a Union ready for the challenges that lie ahead for the future and undertake a comprehensive review of all Unite operations to make sure that our structures are member focused.

 

Finally, now is not the time to batten down the hatches. Workers cannot be made to pay for the Covid crisis. Together, we will do everything we can to ensure this does not happen.

 

In solidarity,

Sharon Graham

 

If you are a member you should get this letter by email. If you dont see it check junk mail. If you still dont see it perhaps the Unite membership system doent have your details acurately? Let us know so that we can update them.

POST A COMMENT!

Before Posting

We welcome debate and discussion on our website, but we also want an open, respectful, inclusive space in which forms of abuse or personal attack will not be tolerated. Comments will be moderated and will be removed if they are found to be unduly offensive. You should also be very careful in posting information about your employer. Employers do visit the website and if you think a comment could get you into trouble for releasing confidential or sensitive information, or for bringing the employer into disrepute, please do not post it. It remains your individual responsibility to ensure that what you post is appropriate. Please therefore just give a moment's thought to what you are saying. The types of comments that are likely to be moderated are:


  • Personal abuse or attacks on an individual.
  • Information which breaches another person's right to confidentiality.
  • The use of offensive language, including swear words, or language which is racist, sexist, or otherwise breaches equalities standards.
  • Anything that might place the Branch or the wider union in legal jeopardy.
  • Adverts or information which is posted for commercial gain.

* Name
* Email (will not be published)
Website
Comment
* field is required