In-depth essays

In these essays, academic specialists and labour movement experts examine critical issues facing the trade unions and provide a politically and historically informed analysis to guide trade unionists in the movement today.

On this page you will find:

  1. Marxism and the Trade Unions 1: Professor Mary Davis outlines the rise of Marxism in the British labour movement
  2. Marxism and the Trade Unions 2: Professor John Foster continues the analysis looking at the development of Marxism in the British labour movement over the 20th century.
  3. Do unions still have power? Professor John Kelly examines whether unions in Britain still have industrial and political power.
  4. Unions and social movements: Professor Marjorie Mayo looks at the relationship between unions and social movements.
  5. Public Sector trade unionism and the political economy of austerity: Professor Roger Seifert examines the austerity cuts in the public sector and assesses the response by public sector unions.
  6. Working class women and the labour movement in the 19th and 20th centuries:
    Professor Mary Davis surveys the changing position of women in the labour movement.
  7. Trade Unions and the Broad Left
    What was the ‘broad left’ in the union movement and is it still relevant?

Marxism and the Trade Unions 1 (downloadable PDF)

Professor Mary Davis outlines the rise of Marxism in the British labour movement

Marxism and the Trade Unions 2 (downloadable PDF)

Professor John Foster continues the analysis looking at the development of Marxism in the British labour movement over the 20th century.

Do unions still have power? (downloadable PDF)

Professor John Kelly examines whether unions in Britain still have power.

Unions and Social Movements (downloadable PDF)

Professor Marjorie Mayo looks at the relationship between unions and social movements.

Public Sector trade unionism and the political economy of austerity (downloadable PDF)

Professor Roger Seifert examines the austerity cuts in the public sector and assesses the response by public sector unions.

Working class women and the labour movement in the 19th and 20th centuries (downloadable PDF)

Professor Mary Davis surveys the changing position of women in the labour movement.

Trade Unions and the Broad Left (downloadable PDF)