Tag Archives: labour history

Missing the movement

Zoe Williams’s call for ‘fresh thinking’ shows an ignorance of what’s really happening in the unions Zoe Williams is a highly skilful, highly intelligent writer who considers herself a progressive and who has done much good work to promote progressive causes. She … Continue reading

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Strikes and industrial militancy after the Trade Union Act

There are arguably two urgent questions facing the Marxist left in the trade union movement: how to provide leadership in assisting the movement to organise in the real labour market of today and how to raise the tempo of struggle … Continue reading

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Labour Movement Education Unshackled – A Conference of trade union educators held at the Marx Memorial Library, 7 September 2016

The British labour movement has been slow to acknowledge the depth of the crisis that is overwhelming its settled mode of educating its cadres. As we’ve pointed out on this site, and others have argued in the Morning Star, the end … Continue reading

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NEW RESOURCE: How to build left power in the unions

How do Marxists, as a minority within the trade union movement, operate to provide effective leadership? How have they done so in the past? How can they do so again in a situation where union power has been greatly weakened? … Continue reading

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NEW RESOURCE: Working class women and the trade union movement

In the wake of International Women’s Day and as the TUC’s Women’s Conference meets, Trade Union Futures is proud to publish an invaluable new resource. This new brilliant essay by labour historian Mary Davis shines a light on the history … Continue reading

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Trade unions, education and the contribution of Marxism

In the daily business of defending members, it’s a constant struggle even to step back and look at ourselves and our movement strategically. It can be even harder to think about the movement as a historical phenomenon and a social agent … Continue reading

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Introducing Trade Union Futures

Welcome to Trade Union Futures, a new resource for the union left, run by supporters of the Morning Star. Trade Union Futures is a new online resource centre for union activists. The site combines educational materials, longer articles by academics and labour movement experts and … Continue reading

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