Architectural workers organise to open first ever Unite union branch

Section of Architectural Workers (SAW) officially join Unite, the UK's construction union.

Architectural workers have organised to open the sector's first ever branch in Unite, the UK's construction union.

The Section of Architectural Workers (SAW), set up in 2019 as a democratic grassroots union run by and for its members, has officially affiliated to Unite, forming a national branch earlier this month.

Unite general secretary, Sharon Graham, said: "Unite is extremely pleased to welcome members of the Section of Architectural Workers to our union family. As part of Unite, SAW's members will be able to closely collaborate with the wider construction sector, access expert training and receive substantial legal and industrial support during disputes.

"Unite looks forward to working with SAW's indomitable organisers in helping a growing number of architectural workers achieve improvement to their jobs, pay and conditions."

SAW has a number of previous successes under its belt. These include coordinating members in taking industrial action to work from home during the pandemic and supporting over 150 members with individual casework resulting in settlements totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds.

A SAW spokesperson said: "This is an incredibly exciting moment for SAW and the architectural labour movement generally. By affiliating to Unite, the UK's leading union, architectural workers are now even better equipped to fight against the workplace mistreatment they so regularly face."

Unite regional officer Declan Murphy said: “With the creation of the new architectural branch, Unite now represents workers across the entire construction industry. From the drawing board to putting shovels in the ground, from engineering to joinery, Unite is there standing up for all construction workers.”

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