ACC Liverpool to host UNI Global Union Congress in 2018

ACC Liverpool has won its bid to host the fifth UNI Global Union World Congress in June 2018. The congress is expected to attract 3,000 delegates from more than 40 countries.

The organisation represents more than 20m 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.

“We are delighted to be coming to the great city of Liverpool in 2018 for our world congress,” said General Secretary of UNI Global Union, Philip Jennings. “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, Unite and Unison. In September 2011, the venue hosted the Labour Party Conference which will return in 2016 and 2018. The UNITE Policy Conference will be welcomed back to ACC Liverpool next month 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,” said Kerrin MacPhie, Director of Sales at ACC Liverpool, currently home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena and, from next summer, Exhibition Centre Liverpool. “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,” she added.

UNI Global Union’s fourth world congress takes place in December in Cape Town.

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