The fifth UNI Global Union World Congress will bring 3,000 delegates from more than 40 countries to the waterfront venue in June. The organisation represents more than 20 million workers from over 900 trade unions worldwide.
Members of the organisation’s board, which includes general secretaries from UK-based unions, campaigned to bring the event to the UK and served as ambassadors for Liverpool.
Philip Jennings, general secretary of UNI Global Union, said: “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 centre of the union movement.
“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 next month and the Trade Union Congress in September.
Kerrin MacPhie, director of sales at ACC Liverpool, currently home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena and, from next summer, Exhibition Centre Liverpool, said: “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.
“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 fourth world congress takes place in December this year in Cape Town under the theme ‘Including You.’