(the Confederation of Shipbuilding & Engineering Unions)

We are a federation of four affiliated unions – Unite, GMB, Community and Prospect. Whilst the Confed does not have any direct members, we represent hundreds of thousands of members of the four affiliated unions in collective bargaining agreements with major employers like BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Babcock and many more.

The CSEU campaigns on issues affecting these members in aerospace, shipbuilding, defence, rail and other industries with skilled people working in advanced engineering and manufacturing. Click the links to see news of our current campaigns and activities.

Campaign Trail

The CSEU is actively campaigning to protect the interests of members both across the UK and Internationally.

For more information about upcoming events and active campaigns.

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I'm pleased to be speaking at this event. I'll be talking about the "Drive for 35" campaign in 89/90 and what we can learn and apply today. Shorter working time is achievable and benefits society, employers & workers. It's not just about a 4-day week - other solutions work too!

30 years ago today the CSEU secured its first Shorter working week at NEI Parsons. The need for a four day working week is greater than ever to help workers not only increase productivity but to increase their quality of life. @ianwaddell_CSEU @TonyBurke2010

Representing @industriAll_EU at @IndustriALL_GU's Global Shipbuilding meeting in Marseilles. Great to see trade unions from across the world fighting to improve working conditions for ALL workers 💪

Harrowing stories about shipbreaking in Pakistan. Deaths, injuries, no safety equipment, charges to use the single ambulance provided for 10,000 workers. None of this needs to happen if UK & other nations sign the IMO Hong Kong Convention. @IndustriALL_GU #shipbreaking

Opening speeches at the @IndustriALL_GU Shipbuilding & Shipbreaking Action Group meeting in Marseille. Great to see workers from Harland and Wolff highlighted on screen at this global level union meeting!

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