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December, 2019

16Dec(Dec 16)10:00 am17(Dec 17)5:00 pmT.U.M.P Managing People ModuleApplication Deadline: 22nd November 2019

16Dec(Dec 16)10:00 am19(Dec 19)4:30 pmGFTU Combined Rep Training Stage 1 & 2Application Deadline: 22nd November 2019

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Our own Zita Holbourne - Activist, Campaigner, Artist and Writer - wins prestigious lifetime achievement award in recognition of her work as an Equality Champion! The award by the Legacy Gala and Awards was made on Saturday 7th December. Zita, we are proud of you. Aluta continua! https://t.co/Zfznv8CNI3 GFTU1 photo

Amid the #GE2019 noise we wanted to share #AForkInTheRoad - a message of hope, empathy & compassion from screenwriter #PaulLaverty & the team behind Ken Loach's @SWMYfilm & @idanielblake https://t.co/miJGqAYDUI

Online Cinema Screening today: The Dirty War on the NHS 6pm-10pm, £10 per ticket.

If you want to watch the film, click on the link below, buy your ticket & you'll be sent a link to the film and an access code.



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GFTU Educational Trust

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Education Group

Education for Action

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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.

Services to Unions

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.


Quorn Grange Hotel and Training Centre

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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