Unite AGS Tony Burke says IndustriALL should join every picket line, every dispute and every employment campaign to defend workers’ rights


Unite has called for a massive global campaign to recruit 50 million more trade unionists.

The union’s assistant general secretary, Tony Burke, yesterday told more than 1,000 delegates at the new global union federation, IndustriALL – at its founding congress in Copenhagen – to mount a large-scale organising programme.

He said: “IndustriALL has 50 million members – we need to double that by organising new workers, agency workers, and young workers worldwide.

“Attacks on unions are not just happening in the “developing world” – the attacks take place everyday in the USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, Greece, Italy and Spain by governments and employers.”

Tony Burke called for a global organising programme to defend employment rights and warned that IndustriALL cannot become a global “talking shop”.

He called on IndustriALL to join every picket line, every dispute and every campaign to defend workers rights.

Quoting Bob Dylan’s Workingman’s Blues he told delegates: “You can hang back, or fight your best on the frontline” – IndustriALL had to be on every frontline.

IndustriALL is the new global union federation representing 50 million manufacturing workers worldwide.

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