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February 12 - February 18
#HeartUnions week, 12-18 February 2024 is a chance to tell the story about why unions are vital for everyone at work, and encourage people who aren’t yet in a union to join.
Want a pay rise? Join a union
Union members earn up to £60,000 more than non-union members over their working lives. Unionised workers are paid on average five percent more than other similar workers. Based on average pay, the typical union pay premium is to £12,800 over a decade. So if you want a pay rise, it’s time to join a union.
In the last year, working peoples have been forced to navigate their way through a cost-of-living crisis. The trade union movement has risen to meet this immense challenge, winning significant pay rises and improvements to working conditions for workers in every sector.
What’s HeartUnions about?
HeartUnions is a campaign week of activity where the trade union movement celebrates unions and the good that we do.
During the week we want to do two simple things:
1. demonstrate how brilliant unions are by showcasing all that we achieve for working people – especially during the cost-of-living crisis.
2. encourage as many people as possible who are already union members to ask someone they know to join one too.
So, during the run up to HeartUnions week – and during the week itself – we’ll be sharing stories that show unions’ impact and providing reps and members with resources to help them get more people to join a union.
We hope unions will run their own HeartUnions campaigns highlighting what they’ve won with and for their members, and encouraging more workers in their respective industries and sectors to join a union.
On social media we’ll be using the hashtag #HeartUnions. Use it to keep in touch with what the TUC and unions are saying, and to publicise your own activities.
We’ll soon be sharing details of our HeartUnions events and our HeartUnions materials and merchandise on this web page- check back soon.
Over the last year unions have demonstrated their relevance and effectiveness in helping working people like never before.
Use #HeartUnions to say loudly and proudly – if you want a pay rise, it’s time to join a union.