HUNDREDS of union members will descend on Bournemouth

HUNDREDS of union members will descend on Bournemouth this weekend as the Trades Union Congress returns to the town after a lengthy absence.

It is a major boost for the conference trade in the town, which has not seen an autumn visit from any of the main political parties since 2009.

More than 500 delegates at the four-day Trades Union Congress will debate a range of issues including alternatives to austerity, zero hours contracts, fair pay and the living wage and the increasing involvement of the private sector in hospitals and schools.

They will also hear from Labour leader Ed Miliband, whose performance as party leader has recently attracted criticism from some quarters of the party.

He will address the conference on Tuesday morning.

The Congress, which brings together representatives from 54 affiliated unions, was last held in Bournemouth in 1988. Bosses at BH Live, which runs the BIC, claim it will bring up to 4,000 visitors to the town and provide a £5.8million boost for the economy.

Peter Gunn, chief executive for BH Live, added: “I am delighted that the TUC has chosen the BIC and Bournemouth as the destination for its 2013 annual Congress. This is a great opportunity for us all to work together to showcase what the town has to offer and encourage both delegates and potential conference clients to return to Bournemouth in future years.”

Gemma Tumelty, TUC campaigns and events officer, said they were impressed with the BIC and with facilities within the town.

Other speakers include Baroness Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murder victim Stephen Lawrence, NUS national president Toni Pearce and Frances O’Grady, who will give her first Congress speech as General Secretary.

The TUC will run from Sunday, September 8 to Wednesday, September 11.

Bournemouth Echo

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