What is a Union
A union is a partnership, an agreement between workers, to stick together, to protect each other and to win change.
It’s easy to think that employers are all powerful, especially the big multinational companies and billionaires that many of us work for today. But ultimately they all still rely on our work to make their money.
Sure, they can ignore us, or even threaten us, when we speak out alone. But when we all speak out, back each other up, and take action together, we’re stronger than they’d ever admit.
A union provides us with a vehicle, an organisation, to stand up together and fight for change.
A union means we have legal protection for our campaigns, but more importantly we have strength in numbers. A union means we don’t have to take big risks and reinvent the wheel, because we can pass on the collective experience of past struggles and victories through our training and organisers.
Don’t take our word for it. Check out some of our members’ stories, and read our proud history of creating change.
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Strike not for a few cents more an hour, because the price of living will be raised faster still, but strike for all you earn, be content with nothing less.
Lucy Parsons, IWW
The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life.
Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth.