Methodist leaders to back workers' rights at TUC

By staff writers
September 11, 2009

The leaders of Britain's Methodist Church will attend the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Liverpool next week to show solidarity with vulnerable workers and to develop their links with trade unionists.

David Gamble, President of the Methodist Conference, along with several senior members of the denomination, will hold a series of meetings with union leaders, including the TUC President and members of the Unite union.

They will discuss workplace issues brought on by the recession and sign up the Methodist Church to a campaign to extend the rights of vulnerable employees.

“There is a lot of common ground between the TUC and the Methodist Church” said the Rev David Wrighton, the Church's Deputy Chaplaincy Co-ordinator.

“The TUC is dealing with issues like migration, unemployment, bullying at work, which are also areas that the Church is concerned about” he added, “The Methodist Church has always been involved in social issues and a great deal of what the TUC does is good, solid social action work.”

The Methodist Church has pointed out its historical links with the trade union movement, dating back to the Tolpuddle Martyrs in the 19th Century. They are providing more information on these links at

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