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Unions 21

About us

Modern and historical examples show us that societies are more equal and provide better opportunities when higher proportions of workers are part of trade unions.  Yet, unions are in long-term decline in either membership or in delivering outcomes for workers.  

This decline can be partly attributed to purposeful governmental policy and crack downs.  But it is also clear that the rapid changes in the world around us have presented a major challenge to the way unions work. 

We give unions insight, connections and help to navigate the changes affecting them now and in the future. 

Unions 21 is an inclusive and collaborative space where unions and trade union centres are welcomed regardless of size or sector.

Unions 21 team

Executive Director Becky Wright
A picture of a smiling man, here is wearing a navy suit and green tie.  He has dark hair and wears glasses.
Director, Ireland Robert Murtagh
Operations and Events Manager Kat Molesworth
Senior Research Fellow Steven Littlewood

Working with Unions 21 and our unions

Senior Associate, Digital Learning and Organising Antti Mäki
Senior Associate, Digital Transformation and AI Nick Scott
Senior Associate Victoria Barlow
Senior Associate, Governance Jim McAuslan
Associate Katherine Bassey
Senior Associate, Governance and Operations Peter Pendle
Associate Director, External Relations Matt Ball
Associate Simon Sapper
Senior Associate Duncan Robertson
Associate Damon Silvers


Chair Dave Penman
Vice Chair Sarah Woolley
Vice Chair Martin Furlong
Treasurer Dean Rogers
Trustee Helen Kelly
Trustee Chris Morris
Trustee Niamh Sweeney
Trustee Paul Day
Trustee Kate Dearden
Trustee Hardev Sohal

Unions who support us