Labour is the party of the trade unions. Over a century ago, when unions realised that working-class people needed representation in politics as well as in the workplace, they set up the Labour Party. As we take on today’s battles for better pay and conditions, against zero-hours contracts, and for the repeal of anti-union laws, that link is as necessary and strong today as it was then.

Hackney South and Shoreditch Labour Party wants to work more with unions at a local, grassroots level – and that includes you! In this post our Trade Union Liaison Officer, Janine Booth, explains how you can get involved.

If you are not a member of a trade union – join one!

  • If there is a union already established in your workplace or company, join it.
  • If there isn’t, you can still join a union: click here to see which union is appropriate for your type of work.
  • You can join a union no matter where or how you work: directly-employed, agency or freelance; permanent or temporary; full-time, part-time or casual.
  • Even if you don’t work, you can still join a union! Some unions have membership options for people who usually, or used to, work in their industry but are now retired or unemployed. Or you can join Unite Community, which has a branch in Hackney. Please email me for more details.

The Labour Party’s rules require Party members to also be trade union members where applicable – but more importantly, every new union member makes our movement stronger.

If you are a trade union member, we would love to know about what you are doing in your union and what support the local Labour Party can give you.

We want to organise Labour and trade union members in Hackney South to campaign for our socialist policies in both the workplace and the political arena, and the first step in doing that is knowing who you are!

So please email me at and tell us! The information you give will only be used for this purpose and won’t be given to any third party.

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