Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign

Join a Union

The Miners’ Strike of 1984/5 was the Conservative Government’s attempt to break the Trade Union Movement; they thought if they could defeat the National Union of Mineworkers (at the time Britain’s strongest Union) then all the other unions would not dare to fight back. Along with attacks on working conditions we saw an ideological attack on our nationalised industries and Welfare State. On top of all this we saw an unprecedented amount of legislation aimed at making the ways unions organise more difficult, however they didn’t succeed and the Trade Union Movement is still here and organising for workers right across the country.

The OTJC urges all our supporters to join a union today.

Information and how to join below.

More than 6 million people are in a union – from nurses to checkout assistants to lorry drivers to airline pilots. Unions help workers get together, stop people being treated unfairly and get a better deal from their employers.

Still not sure? Here’s a document from the TUC that might help you decide.

Things to note:

  • You have a legal right to join a union. It’s illegal for an employer to disadvantage you because you are a union member.
  • Some unions may have restrictions on who can join. This is usually because they represent people in specialist jobs.
  • Generally unions can’t help people with a problem that happened before they joined the union.

Find the right Union for you here:

And for those not in employment who want to organise for a fairer society you can Join Unite Community here

Here’s an article from Vice about how to unionise: