Branch Secretary :

Public firmly onside with unions defending workers against abuse


The public is firmly onside with trade unions when it comes to acting to prevent the mistreatment of workers, a poll for Unite reveals today.


Unfortunately we encounter cases of employers in the housing sector treating workers disgracefully increasingly frequently.




In the homelessness charity St Mungos for example, a rep has been suspended for over six months and threatened with the sack for raising concerns about bullying – one charge being that his suggestion that there was bullying by senior management had caused distress to senior management!


The Unite housing workers branch is committed to defending members in the workplace and harnessing public support.


Public support 


Nearly seven in 10 (67 per cent) support unions taking action to push back against employer abuses. 59 per cent of Conservative voters and 81 per cent of Labour voters share this view.


Sharon Graham


The poll comes as Sharon Graham, the union’s general secretary, visits picket lines in support of workers facing assaults on their pay and living standards, including a fire and rehire wage grab at Weetabix and pay disputes on the Woolwich Ferry and Blackburn and Burnley General Hospital.


Employers must take notice


Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “People have had enough of workers paying the price while the boardrooms sit pretty.  The strong public support for unions acting to defend workers underscores this so employers need to sit up and take note.


 “The message is bad bosses beware. Unite is committed to defending the jobs, pay and conditions of working people and we will be relentless in pushing back in any and all attacks on our members - and we have the public on our side."


Poll details


Unite’s poll – carried out by Survation – also reveals

  • 56 per cent of the public believes the financial costs of the pandemic have fallen on the poorest.  This includes 56 per cent of Conservative voters and 60 per cent of Labour voters;
  • And more of the public, 41 per cent, believe that employers have taken advantage of their workers during the pandemic, with 38 per cent thinking they haven’t.


September 26th 2021


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