Hosting 3,000 international delegates at the 5th UNI Global Union World Congress in June 2018 is ACC Liverpool, home to a waterfront arena and convention center in England.
The UNI Global Union World Congress represents more than 20 million workers from over 900 trade unions worldwide. Members of the organization’s board, which includes general secretaries from UK-based unions, campaigned to bring the event to the UK and served as ambassadors for Liverpool.
“We are delighted to be coming to the great city of Liverpool in 2018 for our world congress. Liverpool is a proud working city and a traditional center of the union movement,” said Philip Jennings, general secretary, UNI Global Union. “I know that together UNI and Liverpool will deliver a spectacular event, which will both highlight the plight of workers and offer solutions.”
ACC Liverpool has hosted a number of unions since opening in 2008 including Prospect, the Communication Workers Union (CWU), Unite and Unison. In September 2011, it hosted the Labour Party conference, which will return in 2016 and 2018. The venue will welcome back UNITE Policy Conference this June and the Trade Union Congress in September.
“UNI Global Union Congress is a unique event, the likes of which has never been hosted in Liverpool before. The fact that the board served as ambassadors speaks volumes about members’ confidence in us delivering an event of this scale,” said Kerrin MacPhie, director of sales, ACC Liverpool. “The congress will provide the opportunity for us to showcase our city and venue to thousands of visitors from all over the world.”
Sectors represented include cleaning and security; commerce; finance; gaming; graphical and packaging; hair and beauty; communications; technology and services industry (ICTS); media; entertainment and arts; post and logistics; social insurance; sport; temp and agency workers and tourism industries. It also represents professionals and managers, women and youth.
UNI Global Union’s 4th World Congress takes place in Cape Town, South Africa this December.