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September, 2021

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GFTU Podcast

GFTU General secreatary, Doug Nicholls, discusses the important work of the GFTU within the Labour Movement. 

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Symbols of Solidarity
The Trade Union Badge Collectors Society was founded in 1981 by a small group of Union members, and they are still going strong, celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year. Trade Union badges tell us a lot about the history of the labour movement. The society works to promote a wider appreciation of Trade Union badges, publish newsletters and other publications, and share information. Download the 40th Anniversary Edition  

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The GFTU are launching a new lottery in the next few months and we are inviting affiliated Unions, partner organisations and friends of the GFTU to get involved.

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Everyone at GFTU & Quorn Grange Hotel would like to offer our condolences to all of Joe Mann's family, friends and colleagues ( @CommunityUnion) at this time.

GFTU General Secretary, Doug Nicholls has written a tribute to Joe which can be read here:

We have the latest job vacancies from @CommunityUnion including Head of Equalities, Professional Officers and Regional Organsier.

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The GFTU offers a radical new approach to the education and training of members

Their Legacy - Our heritage

The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) are pleased to launch a series of online classes with leading experts in their fields on key components of working class history that have lasting impact.

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WEA Programme

GFTU Educational Trust

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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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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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Supporting the Labour Movement

The General Federation of Trade Unions campaigns and supports a wide range of issues affecting the Labour Movement across the world.

Freedom for Ocalan

If Ocalan is released, he will transform the region.
Support the Freedom for Ocalan Campaign here

Read more and watch a video interview here

Watch the video that marks the anniversary of the kidnapping and imprisonment of Abdullah Ocalan on Feb 15th 1999 here  

Durham Miners Fundraising Appeal

Organisers of the Durham Miners’ Gala have launched a £25,000 fundraising drive. The growth of the Big Meeting in recent years has pushed up the costs of hosting the free festival, which is worth more than £10m to the local economy. Visit the site here

Venezuela Solidarity Campaign

Supporting Venezuela in the face of US sanctions and interference.



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Symbols of Solidarity

The newsletter of the Trades Union Badge Collectors Society

Badge Collectors
Download volume 3, number 3 here. For more information contact Steve Baguley:

Working River - Songs and Music of the River Thames

Another great review of Working River.   Read in full at Fatea Records.

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Songs and Music of the River Thames

A CD of 21 songs about the life of working people along the Thames over the centuries is released today exactly 50 years after the last working Thames barge, The Cambria, loaded her cargo at Tilbury before being laid up.

The vast majority of these songs and tunes have been recorded especially for this project including many penned by the performers themselves dealing with mutinies, migration, strikes, disasters, the barge and fishing trades, smugglers, mudlarkers and lovers.

GFTU general secretary Doug Nicholls said: “We are thrilled to release this diverse, engaging and hard-hitting collection which I think will become an instant classic for lovers of traditional music and those hearing it for the first time. The added bonus of buying this CD is that proceeds will go to the GFTU Educational Trust to support its provision of free trade union education.”

Working River curator Brian Denny explained that the river’s position as a major maritime route had put it at the centre of many events of national significance, leading the early trade unionist and historian John Burns to describe it as ‘liquid history’.

The Thames runs deep in the national psyche and forms a fundamental part of our identity. As such is has inspired artists for centuries yet the many times voices of the working poor are lost on the tide but not today.

The fact that we have many new songs and young performers alongside established songs and veteran singers really shows that this is a living tradition which keeps giving.

Watch a promotional video for the CD on YouTube

Available To Buy Today

Copies of the CD and accompanying educational booklet are available for £12.99 from GFTU at:

A full track listing and samples are available from

For more information contact Brian Denny 07903376303 email:

Read more on the Working River project

Read a review of the CD here

Read reviews from our customers here

Listen to the UnionDues podcast here

Read The Times review here

Read the review at Fatea Records here

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