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TUC Congress 2017 - Wednesday Evening Round-up

Farewell to Mary Bousted

Congress thanked Mary Bousted for the fantastic job chairing Congress, and for the leadership she brought to the TUC and the movement throughout 2016/17 as TUC President.

and welcome to...

Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU), who was today elected as the incoming President of the TUC. Sally will serve in the role for a year and preside over the next Congress.

Sally says:
“It is a huge honour to become the president of the TUC, especially as it prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary. Trade unions are a force for good and exist to support their members.

"My background is education, which I believe offers the best route for people to control their life and fulfil their potential. As we attempt to deal with Brexit, making sure people have a chance to learn new skills has never been more important, and I see unions leading the way in opening up those opportunities.”
Find our more about the new TUC President


Frances's final blog for Congress

"Fighting injustice, inequality, violence and discrimination, at home and abroad, is an essential part of our work. That’s why our discussions at Congress this morning focused on equality, and the particular experiences of women workers, LGBT+ workers, disabled workers and Black and minority ethnic (BME) workers.

"It's unacceptable that shop workers, bus drivers and street cleaners face racist abuse from members of the public. The government should change the law so their employers have to protect them.
Issues like these – making sure everyone gets a fair deal and respect at work – are our bread and butter priorities as trade unionists."

Read Frances O'Grady's blog


Video: The story of Justice for Colombia free Huber campaign

Trade unionists from around the world campaigned for Colombian trade union leader Huber Ballesteros’ release, led by UK and Irish unions and by Justice for Colombia. Watch the story below.

The prize for best stand goes to..

Congratulations to Pellacraft who won this year's exhibition stand of the year award. They enticed delegates and visitors to their stand with their wide range of promotional merchandise... and freebies!

Missed a motion?

If you want to catch up on all the decisions taken on motions for Congress 2017 please visit the Congress decisions website.

#TUC17 Tweets

Huge thank you to everyone who tweeted and posted their photos and kept the discussion alive online.

Fantastic few days at #tuc17 learning so much from others about what's going on around the UK to make a #betterworld Unite next year!

— Belonging (@Belonging4Us) September 13, 2017

A very busy 5 days changing the world of work for good. #TUC17 @NEUnion back to the classroom tomorrow!

— louise atkinson (@louiseatkinso14) September 13, 2017

Time to dig out those glow sticks for one last time as #TUC17 kicks off its final day!

— Kris Hendry (@kris_hendry) September 13, 2017