Trade Union Forum
Coventry Workers' Union collecting money for the Black Country 'minimum wage' strike, 1913
Courtesy of the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick
H&P's Trade Union Forum meets several times a year, bringing together trade unionists with professional historians and other interested groups. It considers trade union issues against their historical background, exploring different perspectives on the past and the present in order to suggest new lines of policy for the future.
Previous discussions include: the history of the trade union levy and political funding today; the history of apprentice militancy and New Labour's Modern Apprentices scheme; and participants' reflections on the implications of the 'coup' over Europe at the 1988 Trades Union Congress. A recent strand of discussions explored the historical relationship between trade unions and each of the three main political parties.
We are always keen to hear from potential participants, co-organizers and sponsors. If you or your organization would like to be involved, please contact one of the convenors.
The Miners' Strike, 30 Years On: 29 March 2014 public conference, King's College London
This public conference marks three decades since Margaret Thatcher sought to dismantle Britain's coal industry, evoking a passionate response from the miners and dramatically affected mining communities. Leading figures at the time, historians and legal scholars will reflect on the causes, course and enduring consequences of the strike for unions, the state and the law in Britain today. Organised by H&P's Trade Union Forum and the British Universities' Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA), the conference will be recorded.
Places cost £7 per person, including lunch and coffee, and must be booked in advance online. Please note booking will close on 17 March 2014.
See the conference schedule The Miners' Strike, 30 Years On
Trade unions in the global south conference, 13th June 2014, Congress House
History & Policy's Trade Union Forum and the Trades Union Congress will host a one day conference to explore the crucial role of trade unions in protests that have taken place across the global south. The conference will examine protests from the end of imperialism to the present day and the relationship between trade unions and the state. The conference is free and open to all, on a first come, first serve basis.
See the conference schedule here
To reserve a place please contact Gareth Curless: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trade Union Education Project
This research sought to understand the extent to which unions make use of their particular history, and trade union and labour history generally. The overarching aim of the study, conducted by the Trade Union Research Unit at Ruskin College Oxford, was to explore unions' interest in and the feasibility of greater connection with academic historians. The findings of this research project, carried out by Rupert Griffin and supported by King's College Business Futures Fund, suggest that H&P could assist with union education by providing guest speakers, offering training in historical research methods, creating a 'virtual college,' and enabling PhD placements in unions.
Read the full report: Trade union approaches to history [pdf 714kb]For more information please contact: Fiona.Holland@kcl.ac.uk