From the Chartists pushing for universal suffrage, to the Scottish TUC’s role campaigning for a Scottish Parliament, trade unions have often been at the forefront of demands for a better democracy that puts working people at the centre.
We write in the month that 100 years ago the Representation of the People Act was passed – extending the right to vote to many women and abolishing the requirement that men must hold property to vote.
From an unelected Lords to London-dominated institutions, the UK’s undemocratic constitution is stacked against working people.
Long-lasting change is needed to ensure economic and social justice for the whole of the country – and to ensure it lasts.
Trade unions exist for workers to stand up against concentrations of power and wealth. If power continues to be hoarded by an unelected elite in Westminster we cannot achieve social and economic change and advance the goals of trade unions and working people across all parts of the UK.
Democracy is never a finished thing. We have to constantly struggle to remake democracy anew for each generation.
If you are involved in a trade union, join us.
Nancy Platts – Politics for the Many Campaign Co-ordinator and former trade union advisor to Jeremy Corbyn
Mark Serwotka – General Secretary, PCS
Howard Beckett – Assistant General Secretary Unite (in a personal capacity)
Billy Hayes – Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform
Ian Hodson – President, BFAWU
Sam Tarry – Political Officer TSSA and President of CLASS Mike Kirby – Scottish Secretary, Unison
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