International

The Northern Region has a proud tradition of supporting international issues and solidarity with workers in other countries.

We work with individual unions and global union federations to defend public services and fight against austerity around the world. We also have responsibility to defend human and trade union rights wherever they are under attack.

In order to have the maximum effect in the Northern region we have prioritised the following areas of international solidarity:

In the present climate of austerity, cuts and redundancies it is often difficult for members and activists to see the importance of international solidarity. Yet Britain’s economy and political system are interdependent with Europe and the rest of the world. In the current economic climate we are all engaged in the struggle to protect our public services and it is vital that UNISON works with sister trade unions in other countries and through key international organisations to promote and protect members’ interests and concerns.

For a number of years in the Northern Region we have worked on some priority areas of practical solidarity. We have a really good record of success and have made a significant difference to those areas where we have concentrated our efforts. In order to continue this work we are asking all Branches to give some thought to international solidarity and make a financial commitment to supporting this appeal for international funding.

Want to get involved?

Contact Conor McArdle, Regional International Lead, on 0191 245 0821 or email c.mcardle@unison.co.uk

 

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