Trade Union Forum

Members of the Coventry Workers' Union

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 conference

A report by Roger Jeary of this public conference is now available. Bringing together union leaders, strike participants, historians, legal scholars and journalists, the event offered fascinating and at times charged insights into an industrial dispute that changed the landscape of trade unionism in Britain.

Read the report: 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: g.m.curless@exeter.ac.uk

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