Workers Uniting is an international union with access to more than three million active and retired members. It’s made up of Unite (the largest union in the UK and Republic of Ireland covering various workers) and the United Steelworkers. Between the two unions, almost every work sector in the global economy is represented. Workers Uniting vowed to “build global union activism, recognizing that uniting as workers across international boundaries is the only way to challenge the injustices of globalization” in its constitution, signed on July 2, 2008.
The unions formed Workers Uniting as a precursor to a merger, to fight against the global wealthy inequities that are affecting all workers. Workers Uniting also exists not just to fight for workers, but to show other unions that transnational activism is possible without radically changing the internal structure of individual unions.
Through this union, workers participate in global solidarity and activism. It is an opportunity to use the people power of two massive unions to see common issues that cut across geographical boundaries and affect all workers. Some of these issues include anti-union legislation, cuts to pensions and human rights abuses. By working together, Workers United shares political strategies, take part in international solidarity projects to defend merging trade unions around the world and learn from the diversity of unions on a global scale.
Aside from working on activist campaigns and global solidarity, Workers Uniting is also involved in educational exchanges for labour activists, identifying and working with common employers and promoting healthier work initiatives.
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