On 6th -7th June, USDAW trade union held their Federation school on the issue of Equality in Warrington.
Terry Adair, USDAW federation secretary, introduced myself and Kate Green MP as guest speakers to the the 40 strong delegation.
I spoke about the need for improved equal opportunity for all, the living wage and the importance of gender equality in the work place including equal pay.
I also spoke of the European agenda to realise these goals. Just recently, MEPs voted to back a proposal to extend maternity leave from 14 weeks to 20 weeks with a full pay allowance. (View my blogpost here). They also voted to endorse a better strategy for gender equality across Europe including on issues such as the gender pay-gap and underrepresentation. (View my blog post here).
Equality and fairness is at the core of our move towards social justice. As Andy Burnham MP said recently during the trade union hustings for Labour leader, our first priority should be to help each and every person get on in life and to make social justice and equality for all a reality.