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The RCM is now affiliated to the TUC

The RCM is now affiliated to the TUC

The RCM’s application to join the TUC has been approved and we are now formally affiliated to the TUC. The General Council of the TUC voted unanimously to welcome and admit the RCM.

This ensures that the RCM will gain influence for our fundamental purpose: to work for you to ensure you can provide the highest quality of care for women.

We are delighted to be affiliated to the TUC as this is important to us not only from the union perspective but also for the RCM’s professional work. It will bring many benefits to us, such as access to an even wider range of educational, learning and training opportunities. Through the collective voice of the TUC this will also enable the RCM to have even greater influence with the Government and other key organisations in the UK and also abroad.

The TUC are the organisation that represents the wider trade union movement and is the voice of Britain at work. There are now 55 trade unions affiliated to the TUC from a wide range of occupations. The TUC aims to be an authoritative voice in political debate and campaigns for a fair deal at work and for social justice. They build links with political parties, business and local communities in Britain and abroad and they regularly meet ministers at all levels of Government, including the Prime Minister. The RCM will help shape the TUC’s strategies and campaigns as we will automatically gain a seat on the TUC’s General Council. The RCM will also get to put forward two motions for debate at the TUC Conference, these can be about trade union issues but they can also be about professional issues such as maternal mental health, continuity of care, or the future of midwifery education.

RCM members will get a louder and more powerful voice and importantly the TUC conducts a wide range of policy, campaigns and lobbying activity on equalities issues including holding an annual Women’s Conference.

Cathy Warwick (Chief executive) assures members that we will keep our identity. We will remain a royal college and we will still be both a professional body and a trade union. We will remain independent and able to make our own decisions. Our internal structure will not change as a result of joining the TUC and the RCM Board will continue to be made up of RCM members and elected by RCM members. This is an exciting opportunity for RCM members. We already have a range of affiliations and collaborations, such as the International Confederation of Midwives.

For further information

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the TUC affiliation you can do the following.