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TUC confirms September conference will take hybrid format

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has confirmed its 152nd annual Congress will go ahead in 2020 as a hybrid event at Congress Centre, and that Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer (pictured) will be keynote.

Running 14-15 September, thousands of TUC members are expected to tune in online to the discussions and panels hosted at Congress 2020, including a keynote speech from leader of the opposition as well as TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady.

The event usually attracts between 2,000-2,500 delegates.

The hybrid event will be rooted in live, with hosted from Congress Centre, based within the TUC’s London headquarters. Content will be streamed live on the TUC website, with keynote speeches also being streamed via Facebook live, meaning a potential reach of 5.5m online visitors is possible.

Speakers, panel members and a select number of delegates will be present at the central London venue, while the programme of content will be directly broadcast from the venue through the TUC’s collaboration with AV company, QED Productions. 

Robert Girvan, Congress Centre director said the TUC wants to be able to take this as an example of how to run a large-scale hybrid event and use it as a potential blueprint going forward. “The TUC’s annual Congress is always a major few days in our calendar,” he said. “But this year has had to be planned from scratch, without past examples to refer to. Nevertheless, I’m confident that it will be a ground-breaking two days for us all, in more ways than one.” 

TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady commented: “This year’s Congress has to be different. We are delighted to be able to welcome trade unionists and working people from across the UK to join Congress online. I encourage everyone who cares about rebuilding a fairer society to join us on 14-15 September 2020.”

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