Around fifty people turned up to enjoy a Unison-sponsored gig for young and potential members at the Fenton pub in Leeds on Friday 25th November, an event which was more than just about music and comedy.
Kieran Herbert, Leeds Socialist Party & Unison member (personal capacity)
This evening was filled with entertainment, speeches, and political discussion. Starting the night off was comedian Mabel Flattery, followed by acoustics acts Rose Kincaid and Dan Noble, and then rounded off with the bands Toodles and the Hetic Pity and the Daves. Speeches by the Leeds Unison young members officer, Ben Mayor, and by Iain Dalton from the Yorkshire & Humber TUC Youth Forum added to the political debate.
The main focus of the evening was to promote the need for people to join unions
particularly for young people. With more jobs being based on zero-hour contracts
and exploited self-employed workers, unions are very important for young workers
to fight back for their employment rights and fair pay. Events such as Friday
are great opportunities for young workers to socialise and mobilise.