Light industries

Community is the proud union for light industries workers, having a history of representing workers at the heart of manufacturing and production in Northamptonshire. If you work in the manufacturing or distribution of light consumer goods such as leather, textiles, footwear, furniture, windows and doors, electrical goods, automobile parts or food, we are the union for you.

Community represents members are internationally-renowned companies, including Clarks, Church’s and Loake Bros as well as many smaller businesses and consumer goods manufacturers.

Our specialist light industries officers, trained representatives and regional teams are all dedicated to fighting for you and your sector. Common issues we represent our light industries members for includes health and safety, long hours, pay and contracts.

Light industries workers produce vital, high-quality products for both the UK and foreign markets and it is our mission to ensure these workers are protected and supported through positive change by working directly with our members’ companies and employer associations. 

We are campaigning to establish well-paid, secure employment for workers in light industries and manufacturing sector. Find out more.

Membership benefits

As a member of Community, you not only have bespoke advice and representation for the light industries sector in your corner, you also get access to training and development opportunitiesexclusive discounts and offerslegal and financial support for when times get tough and much more.

Find out more about Community and our membership benefits here.

What does it cost?

Whatever your income or the support you need, our rates will work for you and start from just £6.13 per month. You can find our full list of subscriptions here.

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

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Have a question or want more information? Contact us at or call us on 0800 389 6332.

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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