TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes led the call to form a federation of small unions.
Addressing the General Federation of Trade Unions Cortes called for the unions to reach out to those workers not in unions. “The politics of hope will triumph over fear,” said Cortes, who urged support for moves for unions to “pool resources” including the possibility of building a multi-union HQ and sharing office space.
Ben Marshall of Prospect supported the motion pointing out the sense of sharing facilities. “It is a federation of small unions being proposed, an alternative to the rush to merger. Sharing premises makes massive sense,” said Marshall.
The motion passed mandating a summit in November to take the proposal forward.