Jeremy Corbyn MP has been a Member of Parliament for Islington North since 1983 and Leader of the Labour Party since 2015.
Jeremy has a long record of supporting trade unions and internationalist struggles, both of which lie at the heart of his commitment to fighting for social justice.
Prior to becoming an MP, he worked for the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers, the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers and the National Union of Public Employees.
He has chaired the Stop the War Coalition and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and served on the National Executive of the Anti-Apartheid Movement. In Parliament, he has chaired All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) on the Chagos Islands, Western Sahara – where he led the first ever parliamentary delegation - and Mexico, and served as vice-chair for APPGs on Latin America, and on Human Rights.
Under Jeremy’s leadership, in the 2017 General Election the Labour Party increased its share of the national vote to 40% - the first time Labour has made a net gain of seats since 1997, and its largest increase in vote share in a single general election since 1945.
Rev. Dr. William Barber II
President and Senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach
Rev. Dr. William Barber II
Reverend Doctor William J. Barber II is a Protestant minister and one of the most prominent voices for economic, environmental, and racial justice in the United States. He is the president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach.
An author, preacher, and professor, Rev. Barber is the chief architect of the "Forward Together Moral Movement," and he spearheaded the Moral Mondays protests, which brought together a racially and religiously diverse coalition in Barber’s home state of North Carolina to successfully unseat a conservative governor and break the right wing’s stranglehold on the state’s legislature.
Rev. William Barber, along with his campaign co-chair Rev. Liz Theoharris, is currently at the centre of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival - a 40-day drive of civil disobedience and protests designed to unite tens of thousands of people across the US to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.
The protests will culminate in a June 23 international day of action. The campaign’s goal is to reengage Dr. King’s radical vision of economic and racial justice and jumpstart a multi-year effort to build an economy—and a country—that truly works for all.
Rev. Barber has also been an outspoken supporter of the Fight for $15 movement in the United States, which has helped raised wages for more than 22 million workers throughout the country.
The New Yorker magazine recently called him “an indispensable figure in the civil-rights landscape, and, perhaps, the individual most capable of crafting a broad-based political counterpoint to the divisiveness of Trumpism.”
Barber has served as pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in Goldsboro, North Carolina since 1993.
Former President of Brazil
In 2010, Dilma Rousseff became the first woman to be elected President of Brazil. As President, Rousseff continued the progressive, pro-worker policies of the previous Lula-led 'Partido dos Trabalhadores' government. She led the fight to eradicate extreme poverty and promoted social justice in Brazil. In 2014, Rousseff remained a hugely popular figure and was elected for a second term as President with 54 million votes.
Threatened by the pro-worker policies of Rousseff’s government, Brazil's powerful elite orchestrated a constitutional coup that forcibly removed President Dilma from power in 2016. President Lula, who was also prosecuted in a political trial, "Her greatest crime was to help build a Brazil for all, and to promote one of the greatest programmes of social inclusion the world has ever known."
In her youth, Rousseff protested against the military dictatorship following the 1964 coup. She was captured, jailed, and tortured because of her commitment to fighting authoritarianism. In spite of this, she was an active member in the fight to return democracy to Brazil in the 1980's and rose to be a prominent politician as the Minister of Mines and Energy. Rousseff was the Chief of Staff to President Lula during his second term.
General Secretary of ITUC
Sharan Burrow was re-elected for a second term as General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation at the ITUC World Congress in May 2014. Previously President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2000 - 2010, she served as inaugural President of the ITUC from its foundation in Vienna in 2006, and of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (a predecessor organisation to the ITUC) from 2004.
The ITUC is the world’s peak labour union body and has grown to represent 181 million workers in 162 countries and territories with 340 national affiliates.
The ITUC’s mission is to reduce inequality with quality jobs, living wages and social protection, the promotion and defence of workers’ rights and interests, through international cooperation between trade unions, global campaigning and advocacy.
Sharan began her working life as a high school teacher in Australia. She became a union organiser and served on state and national union executives during the 1980s and 1990s. Sharan continued her leadership role in the union movement when she was elected as President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2000-2010. She played a critical role in resolving industrial disputes and led union negotiations on major economic reforms and in labour rights campaigns. She was a key advocate for a national paid parental leave system.
Sharan is well known for her international advocacy on labour standards, corporate responsibility, climate change, investment in infrastructure and the green economy, investment in the care economy, women, equality and diversity, global migration and employment.
She has represented workers and civil society groups in global policy discussions in United Nations bodies, including ECOSOC , on the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation as well as at the G20, World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
She has served as a member of the Stakeholder Council of the Global Reporting Initiative and the UN Global Commission on International Migration.
Sharan has participated in the World Economic Forum (WEF) for the past 15 years. In 2011 she was a Faculty Member of the WEF as Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Employment and Social Protection. In 2015 she was a Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.
Sharan is one of the B Team leaders, a commissioner on the Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development and the New Climate Economy Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.
The ITUC is a supporter of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI). Under Sharan's leadership the ITUC's Workers’ Capital Committee has been strengthened. More than US$ 13 trillion of retirement funds are under joint trustee management and the ITUC and its affiliates are active in both trustee education, corporate governance and shareholder activism.
Sharan Burrow maintains close working relations with civil society organisations across a range of areas in promoting social justice, human rights and development.
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder took office on 1 October 2012. Guy Ryder sees the ILO as absolutely central to the questions of the day: jobs, social protection, the fight against poverty, and equality. For this reason, he wants to reinforce the ILO's place at the centre of international decision-making on issues that affect the world of work.
The Director-General wants the ILO to play a role in difficult global situations – such as economic crisis – and on the national agendas of countries undergoing change, especially where the world of work is at stake.
General Secretary of the TUC
Frances has been an active trade unionist and campaigner all her working life. She has been employed in a range of jobs from shop work to the voluntary sector.
As Deputy General Secretary since 2003, Frances led on winning the 2012 Principles of Co-operation Agreement with the Olympic Authorities, guaranteeing on-site minimum standards for local jobs, health and safety and the London living wage. Frances has also led on industrial policy arguing the case for a strategic approach to rebalancing the economy in the wake of the financial crash.
In January 2013, Frances became the General Secretary of the TUC, the first woman ever to hold this post. Fair pay remains a core ambition – she was on the Resolution Foundation's Commission on Living Standards, and has been a member of the Low Pay and the High Pay Commissions. Frances is a strong believer in protecting the public service ethos, opposes privatisation and leads the TUC campaign to save the NHS.
President of UNI Global Union
Ann Selin is the President of UNI Global Union and one of the largest trade unions in Finland, PAM.
Selin was elected at UNI's Cape Town Congress in 2014 and has been involved in international trade union activities since the 1980s when working as the youth secretary in Liikeliitto, the predecessor of PAM. Over the last ten years she has been a member of both the European and international Boards of UNI.
General Secretary of UNI Global Union
Philip Jennings is General Secretary of UNI Global Union, the global trade union for the services sector, representing 20 million workers in 150 countries. His mission is to Break through for workers, including all those working in the sports industry, to allow them to unionise and collectively bargain with the conviction that their rights are an essential part of human rights.
He is also a strong advocate of equal rights and introduced a 40% rule for gender equality for all decision-making bodies within UNI Global Union.
Driven by his strong sense of purpose and ability to inspire others, the organisation which Philip founded in 2000, UNI Global Union, has spearheaded a coordinated union organising push in all continents, with over 150 initiatives in more than 50 countries. Philip created a new global trade union for a new century, by bringing together four global union organisations: FIET (International Federation of Employees, Technicians and Managers), MEI (Media and Entertainment International), IGF (International Graphical Federation) and CI (Communications International.)
Deputy General Secretary of UNI Global Union
Christy Hoffman has been UNI’s Deputy General Secretary since 2010.
Christy has been active in trade union work for almost 40 years, beginning with her role as the Chief Steward on the floor of a large jet engine factory.
As Deputy General Secretary, she has been the backbone of UNI’s Breaking Through agenda, working together with SCORE, the sectors and Regions, to ensure that UNI is engaged in successful campaigns with bold strategies, and taking the lead in negotiations with global companies to advance and protect the rights of their employees. Her work is rooted in the belief that collective bargaining and worker empowerment are answers to an economic model that is failing working people.
In 2013, she stepped forward to negotiate the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh and has since been a central player in the agreement’s implementation and enforcement. The Accord is widely recognized as an historic turning point in supply chain accountability, a remarkable achievement which is testament to the power of working together with global companies in a binding framework to make change. In the course of her efforts to enforce the Accord, she negotiated settlements with global brands totaling almost $3 million, a first for a global union. With IndustriALL, she negotiated the 2018 Accord, which will remain in effect until 2021.
Christy has deep experience with the international instruments which secure the human rights of workers, and is an influential advocate across the “business and human rights” landscape and a frequent speaker on the topic.
Before becoming Deputy General Secretary, she served as the Organising Director of the UNI Property Services Global Union from 2004 to 2008. Under her leadership, the sector achieved breakthrough global agreements with leading multinationals and ran innovative campaigns to improve standards for security guards and cleaners.
Christy has wide union experience, ranging from workplace to national and International leadership positions. Beginning her career as a rank and file activist and local leader with the Machinists Union, she later became an organiser and then labor attorney for some of the leading private sector unions in the US- the Mineworkers, Teamsters and finally as Associate General Counsel and Global Organising Director of SEIU. She has extensive experience as a litigator, negotiator and campaign strategist, playing a key role in some of the well known US labor disputes such as the national strike against UPS in 1997.
Hoffman got an early start when it comes to using international solidarity to win social justice and respect for human rights. She founded and chaired the Connecticut Anti-Apartheid Committee in the 1980s, which won the first state-wide legislation in the United States requiring divestment by the state from companies doing business in South Africa.
Prime Minister of Sweden
Stefan Löfven is a Swedish politician serving as the 33rd and current Prime Minister of Sweden. He was elected in 2014 and has been the Leader of the Social Democrats since 2012. Löfven previously worked as a welder before becoming an active trade unionist. He rose to become chairman of the trade union IF Metall from 2006 until being elected Leader of the Social Democrats in 2012.
Barry C. Lynn
Executive Director of the Open Markets Institute
Barry C. Lynn
Barry Lynn directs the Open Markets Institute. Barry Lynn is one of the foremost thinkers on the monopolistic power companies like amazon have and the effects it has on workers, consumers, and democracy.
Previously, he spent 15 years at the New America Foundation researching and writing about monopoly power. He is author of Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction (Wiley 2010) and End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation (Doubleday 2005).
Lynn’s writings on the political and economic effects of the extreme consolidation of power in the United States have influenced the thinking of policymakers and antitrust professionals on both sides of the Atlantic. His work has been profiled on CBS and in the New York Times, and his articles have appeared in publications including Harper’s, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and Foreign Policy. He has appeared on CBS, PBS, CNN, the BBC, NPR, MSNBC, C-Span, and the Christian Broadcasting Network, among others. Prior to joining New America, Lynn was executive editor of Global Business Magazine for seven years, and worked as a correspondent in Peru, Venezuela, and the Caribbean for the Associated Press and Agence France Presse.
Former Secretary General of the UGTT
Abassi was the Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) and the joint winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. UGTT was part of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, which was awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize "for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Tunisian Revolution of 2011".
Co-President of the International Peace Bureau
Reiner Braun is a peace activist and Co-President of the International Peace Bureau. He was the managing director of the German section of Lawyers Against Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons (IALANA), he was elected at the IPB's Triennial Assembly in Stockholm in 2013. Reiner Braun is also Director of the Federation of German Scientists (VDW).
President of UNI Americas
UNI Americas President Ruben Cortina is a loyal trade unionist. Ruben came from humble origins to carve out a life as a senior union leader and lawyer.
Ruben rose up through the ranks of the Federation of Commerce and Services Employees (FAECYS) and has held several senior positions within Argentina’s Labour Ministry where his charismatic leadership has been an engine for positive change for working people.
A strong advocate of Breaking Through, Ruben is equally dedicated to global union work as he is to his beloved Argentina. Three times re-elected as UNI Americas President , Ruben is the embodiment of the UNI spirit of enterprise and energy. A gifted orator, he has shown his astuteness, passion and dedication to the UNI cause over four decades.
Rudy de Leeuw
Rudy de Leeuw
Rudy de Leeuw is the President of the ETUC and the Belgian General Federation of Labour FGTB-ABVV.
Born in Ninove, Belgium, De Leeuw is also the Vice-President of the ITUC, President of the ITUC Human and Trade Union Rights Committee and was a member of the ILO Governing Body from 2009 to 2014.
Mayor of Liverpool
Joe was elected to Liverpool City Council for the Abercomby ward (now Riverside) in Liverpool in 1998, the place where he grew up. He became Leader of the Labour Group on the council three years later, and following the 2010 election, became Leader of the Council.
In May 2012, Joe stood as the Labour Party candidate in the first-ever direct elections for the citywide Mayor of Liverpool. He won on the first ballot with a majority of 50,000 votes, securing almost 60 per cent of all votes cast.
Joe is hugely ambitious for Liverpool, passionate about the future and devoted to the city’s prospects as a thriving, growing and prosperous city.
He ardently believes Liverpool’s best days lie ahead as a leading world-class city.
Director of Culture Liverpool
Director of Culture Liverpool, responsible for Legacy, Major Events, Liverpool Film Office, Cruise Liverpool, Tourism, City Halls and Cultural Policy since 2009. As Liverpool approaches a decade since the landmark Capital of Culture bid, the city looks forward to the next 10 years in a celebration of culture like no other: Liverpool 2018 – a year-long series of universal and unforgettable cultural moments.
Claire spearheads multi award-winning events of national and international acclaim.
Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir is an American basketball player. After a long campaign and a 3 year ban from playing, Bilqis Abdul-Qadaar succeeded in forcing FIBA’s widely condemned ban on wearing a hijab during games.
She is being honoured with the Freedom From Fear Award for her successful campaign to have FIBA’s hijab ban overturned. Her campaign brought together UNI’s World Players Association, Human Rights Watch, Shirzanan (an advocacy group for women athletes), Athlete Ally and basketball player associations from around the world including UNI affiliates the National Basketball Players Association and EU Athletes. She had been unable to play for three years.
Director of Liverpool Girl Geeks, InnovateHer
Jo is a Director at Liverpool Girl Geeks and Co-Founded InnovateHer, a pioneering organisation with a mission to tackle the gender imbalance within the digital and tech sector through education and campaigning. Working with young women aged 11-17, InnovateHer uses schools based programmes and industry role models to reverse gender inequality, improve digital skills and invest in the future of our young people.
Jess Ingrey is a young innovator at Liverpool Girl Geeks and is a firm believer that having girls in tech needs to be redefined as vital for our future.
Dr. Steve Davies
Senior Lecturer - Cardiff University
Dr. Steve Davies
Dr. Steve Davies concentrates on the response of the international trade union movement to globalisation, public sector reform, particularly focusing on the growth in the use of the private and third sectors in the provision of public services and the impact on service quality, the workforce and the worker and trade union response.
Dr. Helen Blakely
Research Associate - Cardiff University
Dr. Helen Blakely
Dr. Helen Blakely began working as a researcher with the Wales Institute of Social Economic Research Data and Methods (WISERD) in 2015. Blakely is working with UNI Global Union to identify trade unions’ responses to the changing world of work from around the world. The report will be presented at UNI Global Union’s World Congress.
Prior to this, she worked as a researcher for Welsh Government within the Communities and Tackling Poverty Analytical Team.
Her research interests include class, gender, place and social policy with a particular interest in welfare, community development and industrial relations
Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region
Steven Philip Rotheram is a British Labour Party politician who is the Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region. He previously served as the MP for Liverpool Walton from 2010 to 2017.
Rotheram was born in Liverpool and left school to become a bricklayer, setting up his own company at the age of 22. He started a Masters in Contemporary Urban Renaissance at Liverpool Hope University. He worked as a Business Manager for the Learning and Skills Council and represented Fazakerley as a councillor on Liverpool City Council. Rotheram was the Member of Parliament for Liverpool Walton from 2010 to 2017. As an MP, he campaigned for the release of all government papers relating to the Hillsborough disaster.
Rotheram won a majority vote in the Liverpool City Region mayoral election 2017.