AS WITH everything this year, the Durham Miners’ Gala is going to be like no other and we send our fraternal greetings to all who will be participating in a virtual celebration of the trade union movement.
We look forward to the 2021 Gala returning, bigger and better than ever, in the 150th anniversary year.
Traditionally the Gala celebrates our achievements and looks to the battles ahead for working people and the trade union movement.
Unions have led the way in fighting for workers’ safety and rights throughout the coronavirus emergency, now we need to fight for a new deal for workers.
This crisis has shown that millions of low-paid workers stepped up in the most difficult of circumstances to keep our country going.
Too many key workers are low-paid, with insecure hours and few employment rights.
Usdaw members in retail, manufacturing, distribution and home delivery have been working around the clock, keeping food on our tables and medicines in our cupboards.
They have adapted to huge change in an extremely short time, working under intense pressure and providing a lifeline to our communities.
As we look past this appalling coronavirus pandemic, it is time for the government, employers and the public to recognise that these workers have been undervalued for too long. They deserve a new deal.
Usdaw is calling for a new deal for workers based around:
Further information on Usdaw’s New Deal for Workers campaign can be found at: www.usdaw.org.uk/Campaigns/A-New-Deal-for-Workers.