Unity the Union

The history of Unity (formerly the Ceramic and Allied Trades Union or CATU) can be traced back to the early 19th century.

The early days of the union were ones of immense suffering and struggle for pottery workers.  The industry was one of the unhealthiest in the country.  Workers were exploited by the ‘good from oven’ deductions and the union was at the forefront of the Chartist movement of the 19th century.The ceramic industry has had many ups and downs – and the union has had many successes in maintaining its membership at high levels within the industry.

Employees have always regarded the union as its main help in the struggle to maintain working peoples pay and conditions.From those beginnings our union has always been one of the most progressive in the country, fighting for improvements in the working conditions of its members.The union will never forget its roots and it long proud history.

Present day

In July 2005 the membership of the Ceramic and Allied Trades Union made the historic decision to change the union’s name to Unity.  This was ratified by a special recall conference in November 2005.  The new name reflects the union’s role as a union for all workers, not only those in the ceramic industry. Since then our membership has grown in the non-ceramic sector so that we currently have around 15% (and growing) of our membership which is non-ceramic based.  We are proud to represent members in distribution, logistics, the care industry, call centres, printing and more.


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Key areas handled by the EAD Unity specialist trade union team are:

  • 100% Personal Injury Compensation Claims
  • Medical Negligence Compensation Claims
  • Professional Negligence Claims
  • 100% Road Traffic Accidents compensation claims
  • 100% Accidents at Work compensation claims
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Commercial Property
  • Discounted Conveyancing
  • Discounted Wills and Probate (Free Basic Wills)

You can rest assured that we will stand up for your rights and give you clear advice. With EAD you are in expert hands: our practical, no-nonsense approach to industrial problems has proved successful for our Unity Trade Union time and time again.

What you say about us

Extremely happy with the outcome of my Personal Injury Claim and can only thank Paul McCarthy and his team at EAD Solicitors and also Tim Trotman my barrister arranged by EAD, for all their work and efforts on my behalf. As such I would highly recommend EAD to anyone in need of their service. Once again thanks to all involved.

Brodie Martin, Merseyside

Excellent, very professional, approachable when I needed advice. I would just like to say thank you to your staff.

Robert Adams, West Midlands

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