This is the first ‘myth busting’ conference that brings together those who need benefits and those who administer them to mutually support one another against the austerity agenda.
The keynote speakers include:
- Unite general secretary Len McCluskey
- PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey will tell delegates: “This government sneaked its way into power by refusing to tell the electorate in May that the true nature of its underlying plan was savage cuts to the welfare system.
“We know that ministers are mounting a twin-pronged attack on the financial support that people in work receive and in swingeing cuts to those out of work. The strain on frontline benefit workers, who have to deal with desperate people every day, is appalling.
“That is why we are bringing these two communities together. It is vital that those who need benefits and those who administer them understand that this dreadful situation is not their creation, but manufactured in Number 10 and cruelly refined next door in Number 11 by chancellor George Osborne.”
Workshops at the summit will cover topics including:
- Building a broad-based coalition with charities, religious bodies, food banks and non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
- Using the media to get out the real stories about welfare budget cuts
- Engaging with women, the disabled, young people and BAEM communities disproportionally hit by the welfare axe
- Campaigning against the Welfare Reform and Work bill
- Lobbying politicians to build support to stop the cuts
The latest version of the programme is available via http://www.unitetheunion.org/
uploaded/documents/FINAL% 20PCS%20-%20Unite%20summit% 20agenda11-24510.pdf
Members of the media are warmly invited to attend this conference and should get in touch with Unite director of communications, Pauline Doyle by email pauline.doyle@unitetheunion.
org, so they can get the necessary accreditation.