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.