Weekly Column

GFTU General Secretary, Doug Nicholls, is writing a series of weekly articles of reflections on the situation to add to the debates that are emerging.

More details and links to each article can be found here.

GFTU Calendar

April, 2020

08April10:30 am2:00 pmF & GP Meeting

18AprilAll DayGFTU History Course: The Working Class and Issues of Race and Gender in Recent HistoryApplication Deadline: 21st March 2020

20April10:00 am5:00 pmT.U.M.P Managing Health & Safe Environment ModuleApplication Deadline: 27th April 2020

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The second installment of our General Sectrary’s weekly column with the Morning Star can be found here https://t.co/oKiVVIhJOO

We have sent an open letter from @ArtistsUnionE to the Chancellor to further raise concerns about the impacts of #coronavirus for #SelfEmployed #artists including several members case studies calling for better measures sooner. #SelfEmployedMatterToo #artistsupport #Covid_19 https://t.co/JODrOc6e3b GFTU1 photo

Learning Pool has put together a Coronavirus Essentials Library, addressing the impact of the current pandemic, to help maintain team and individual performance and deliver results through e-learning.

Visit https://t.co/HBaOXxSj8J for more information


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The GFTU Educational Trust has agreed a strategic set of principles that will underpin our delivery of education for the coming years.

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The GFTU has developed a comprehensive range of services under the banner of 'Win:Win' to support affiliated Trade Unions.

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We help Unions to save money and be more effective and sustainable, whilst generating income for the GFTU’s Educational Trust.

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The GFTU has teamed up with the Ethical Shop in order to help raise extra funds for its educational trust, a charity that provides a range of educational opportunities and resources.

GFTU publications are available from the Ethical Shop site.

GFTU Publishing

Workable is the joint book publishing initiative of the General Federation of Trade Unions and independent publisher New Internationalist.


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The iconic Quorn Grange Hotel is wholly owned by the GFTU Education Trust and offers the perfect setting for all Trade Union members' needs.


About the GFTU

The General Federation of Trade Unions is a friendly democratic organisation responsive to the needs of affiliated Trade Unions.

GFTU Partners

The GFTU's informal and formal partnership arrangements go far and wide at home and overseas.

We strongly support a range of adult education organisations including Ruskin College, Northern College, the WEA and the co-operative movement.

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