The trade union movement faces its greatest challenge ever with the threat of privatisation, austerity and attacks on union rights, delegates to the Yorkshire and Humber TUC conference heard at the weekend.
National TUC assistant general secretary Kay Carberry highlighted that it was the poorest, most vulnerable and most disadvantaged people who were the ones suffering most.
She called on unions to "work even harder to make Britain a better place to live and work."
And delegates from rail union Aslef welcomed the Yorkshire and Humber action for rail committee campaigning for a publicly owned rail network.
Delegates unanimously supported the campaign, as well as rail union RMT's call to renationalise the entire industry.
A standing ovation was given to Yorkshire union stalwart Bill Ronksley, 88, former train driver and Aslef full-time officer. He was presented with an ornamental locomotive made of coal, symbolising his role in organising rail workers' support for the miners in their epic 1984-85 strike against pit closures.