Amicus the Union

Amicus the Union

April 18, 2007 13:00 ET

Unions take first steps toward global super union

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - April 17, 2007) -

Embargoed until 18.00 (BST) Wednesday 18th April 2007

Amicus, the T&GWU and the United Steel Workers (USW) of America, will today announce a formal process to prepare the ground for the creation of the first Trans Atlantic trade union.

At a ceremony held in Ottawa at the USW's Canadian Congress, representatives of the three unions will sign an accord to set up a merger exploration committee which will be tasked with laying down a foundation for a legal merger.

The new union would represent over 3.4 million members in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland. It would be the world's biggest union and would be expected to attract other union organisations throughout the world into membership.

During the exploration process, the unions will engage in coordinated campaigning and common approaches to collective bargaining with multinational companies.

This agreement follows a strategic alliance signed between Amicus and the USW two years ago. Amicus and the T&G will join together as one union from May 1st 2007.

Amicus General Secretary, Derek Simpson, said,

"One of the main reasons for the merger between Amicus and the T&GWU, was our desire to create an international trade union that would be able to deal with multi national companies on an equal footing and organise working people in every greater numbers . Coming as it does, hot on the heels of our merger, today's announcement demonstrates the resonance that the idea of a global super union with an organising agenda has throughout the international trade union movement.

"Multi national companies are pushing down wages and conditions for workers the world over by playing one national workforce off against another. The only beneficiaries of globalisation are the exploiters of working people and the only way working people can resist this is to organise and band together.

"I hope today's announcements marks the beginning of the creation of a formidable international trade union organisation."

T&GWU General Secretary, Tony Woodley, said:

"This is an historic step for global trade unionism, and will help working people to look even the biggest employer in the eye. Closer working and agreement with North American trade unionists forms a crucial part of our global organising agenda, designed to stop bosses playing off workers in one country against those in another."

For further information please contact Richard O'Brien in the Amicus Press Office on 07768 931 320.

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  • Amicus Press Office
    Richard O’Brien
    07768 931 320