20 May in Manchester - Join us!
We Make Tomorrow, supported by UNISON, PCS, War On Want, NHS Workers Say No, Doctors in Unite, Campaign Against Climate Change and more, is a one day conference for building workers power on climate and crisis.
The conference will bring together union reps, members and other workers from every key sector, with union officials, climate justice activists and international guests. Together we will dig into what climate change really means for workers and how rising energy prices, inflation, falling wages and the climate crisis are not only connected but being driven by the same systems.
We start from the perspective that climate change is not a "green" issue per se, but fundamentally an issue for workers and social justice. From health and safety threats to the rising cost of living and from job losses to attacks on pay and conditions, change is unavoidable and workers' power is more vital than ever. Join us to build it...
Rank n file voices from...
GMB at Amazon Coventry / Collettivo di Fabbrica – Lavoratori ex GKN (Italy)
NHS Workers Say No! / National Education Union / Orgreave Truth & Justice campaign / Unite the Union in construction & public transport
Dario is ex-GKN convener in Italy and member of Collettivo di Fabbrica – Lavoratori ex GKN. Since the mass dismissal, the Collective has maintained a permanent presence inside their factory. Today, the Collective is campaigning for a socially and ecologically constrained reindustrialization of the plant site
Kate Flannery is Secretary of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC), ex Women Against Pit Closures and one of the founders of the Friends of Edward Carpenter. She has also been an activist in socialist feminist, anti racist and LGBTQ+ political and community organisations and campaigns. Kate has many years' experience of working in the public sector, voluntary sector and Trade Union movement.
Lee has been an electrician in construction for 38 years. He was blacklisted for being a Safety Rep on the sister rig to Piper Alpha over 30 years ago. He is an Equalities Rep for Unite the Union for Construction in The Northwest Region and a member of the Blacklist Support Group for over 10 years. He has participated in countless demonstrations in support of Blacklisted workers and has now been sacked again for raising serious health and safety concerns.
Neha is a teacher, campaigner and trade unionist from London. She is an activist with the NEU and Vice Chair of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Nina is a campaigner with NHS Workers Say No and has been working in governance in the NHS for over 20 years, including acute, paediatric, maternity and mental healthcare. She is a Unite the Union workplace rep, and chair of the Birmingham Area Health Branch.
Nicholas is an Amazon worker and GMB activist. He has worked for Amazon in Coventry for 6 years where workers have recently taken multiple days of strike action.
Asad Rehman is the executive director of War on Want, where he organizes to put an end to poverty and injustice. Prior, he was the head of international climate at Friends of the Earth. Rehman has over 25 years of experience in the non-government and charity sector. He has served on boards of Amnesty International UK, Friends of the Earth International, Global Justice Now, and Newham Monitoring Project.
Stephen Smellie is a member of UNISON’s NEC. He organised UNISON Scottish Green Network, pioneered the union’s campaign on pension divestment and has led work in to establish Green Officers in every branch. He represented UNISON at COP26 and 27.
Ian Allinson has been a workplace activist since 1991, mainly in the private sector where he led a number of strikes including the first national strike in the IT industry. He served on the Executive Council of Unite and wrote Workers Can Win! A Guide to Organising At Work. He’s now a UNISON activist in public transport. He is currently on the executive committee of Manchester TUC, coordinating industrial action and co-leading on climate.
10.00 - PLENARY: WE CAN'T WAIT
Welcome and opening speeches
12.15 - WORKSHOP: FOLLOW THE MONEY
The role of pensions and finance in fossil fuels and just transition
14.30 - PLENARY: LESSONS & NEW HORIZONS
Speakers from current campaigns that light our way
15.10 - WORKSHOP: ORGANISING BEYOND THE WORKPLACE
Solidarity and activism across the workplace and wider community
11.00 - UNION DISCUSSIONS
Meet others from your union
12.15 - WORKSHOP: JOBSWASHING, FALSE SOLUTIONS & THE FIGHT FOR THE DECENT CLIMATE JOBS WE REALLY NEED
How can we avoid being tricked and win decent, well paid climate jobs for all?
15.10 - WORKSHOP: BUILDING POWER AT WORK & IN OUR UNIONS
Reflections and discussion of the organising methods we need
16.30 - PLENARY: WE MAKE TOMORROW
A summary of the days discussions and plans for next
12.15 - WORKSHOP: THE END OF FOSSIL FUELS IN BRITAIN
How do we stop extraction and protect our jobs and communities?
13.30 - LUNCH
A light lunch will be provided, along with refreshments throughout the day.
15.10 - WORKSHOP: DEMOCRACY AT WORK
How can we transform our sectors from within the workplace?
17.00 - CLOSE & SOCIAL
Join us at Pie & Ale to keep the conversation going.
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