Light industries

Our members working in light industries like footwear, leather and textiles have a long and proud history producing quality products and materials for use in the UK and across the world. We are here to represent and support you and to fight alongside you for the future of your industries. 

We are the recognised union for footwear manufacturers, and the union is rooted at the heart of UK footwear production in Northamptonshire. The UK’s footwear industry is responsible for exports of over £500 million of goods each year. Community members work for internationally-renowned companies like Clarks, Church’s and Loake Bros as well as many smaller businesses in the footwear industry.

Community is also the main union for the textiles industry, including all carpet makers, leather, apparel and hosiery workers. These industries produce vital, high-quality products for both the UK and foreign markets. We protect these workers and support positive change in these industries by working with our members’ companies and employer associations.

We’re fighting for a better working world, and we want you to join us.

Find out more about why you should join Community here.

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During my forty years in the industry, I have seen lots of turmoil and experienced the threat of redundancy. It is so important to be in the union. The local reps have always offered great advice and helped me access the all of the unions benefits and services. Their regular updates are appreciated - they keep us all up to date on the latest within the industry.
- Community member
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