Greater Manchester Tenants Union is a democratic, member-led union, working across the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester. We organise and represent our members in the private and social rented sector. We fight for safe, secure and affordable housing for everyone. We are not affiliated to any political party.
Our Registered Office is: Bridge 5 Mill, 22a Beswick St, Manchester M4 7HR
What We Do
The Greater Manchester Tenants Union is a member-led organisation of low and middle-income renters and residents working and fighting together to win concrete improvements in our everyday lives, and put political and economic power in the hands of ordinary working people.
We hear daily of the impacts of a broken housing system on people’s lives: skyrocketing rents, poor conditions, people having to move from their neighbourhood because of gentrification, precarity and abusive landlords.
We want to transform the housing system so that everyone has access to an affordable, secure and decent home. We fight for a world run by and for working people.
In towns and neighborhoods across Greater Manchester we are building the union from scratch, by people working, taking action, fighting and winning together. We stop evictions, win compensation for our members for repairs, and campaign to push our local authorities and the government to bring in tough regulations in the Private Rented Sector, and fight for an expansion of public housing.
The Greater Manchester Tenants Union rests on a network of branches, usually in a particular neighbourhood, that allows people to take action on local issues. These branches have an elected leadership, and are accountable both to local members and to the union as a whole.
At the city-regional level, we are governed by the Committee, elected each year at our AGM. The committee also comprises branch representatives and delegates from our affiliates. The Committee is legally responsible for the organisation, and sets the strategic and political orientation of the union as a whole on a month by month basis.
Beneath the committee sit a number of working groups, including comms and member solidarity, which are open to all members.
Every quarter we hold an All Member Meeting to allow the entire membership to feed into our strategy and political direction.
We have active branches across Greater Manchester, and are looking to build more. Don’t have a Tenants Union branch in your neighbourhood? Get in touch, and let’s build one.
How We Are Funded
As a union, we function through a dues model: our members support us and this means that we are accountable to members and put members’ interests first. A membership-funding model gives the union political independence, and ensures that we are democratic and member-led. Member subscriptions keeps us working for you, our members. You can join here.
We have also received financial support from Trade Unions, who may affiliate to the Greater Manchester Tenants Union. We value such support highly, and if you want to ask your union to affiliate, contact us.
We also seek external funding to support our activities and enable the growth of the union.
So far we have received funding from:
- Nationwide Foundation
- The Good Law Project
These are the elected members of the Committee in 2020/21
Thirza Asanga-Rae – Chair
Ali Wilson – Secretary
Ekua Bayanu – Treasurer
Liam Smyth – Vice-Chair
Allison Fewtrell – Communication and Campaigns
Sarah Green – Membership and Recruitment
Marc Hatton – Membership and Recruitment
Jake Chambers, Anna Thorne, Connor – Member Solidarity
We currently have a small staff team who work alongside elected leaders to support the unions’ growth:
Ben Clay – Lead Organiser
Beth Redmond – Organiser & Renters Manifesto Lead
Isaac Rose – Organiser