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May, 2022

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Young Members' Development Weekend 2022

Learning Opportunities

GFTU's Union Learning Representatives' Training 

Any workplace rep belonging to a GFTU affiliated union who wants to explore more about their role and how and get greater support in being effective in the workplace should attend this course. 

Find out more here

A Series of Seminars: Economic Policy & the Role of Trade Unions

The General Federation of Trade Unions and SOAS, University of London, in collaboration with the research network, EReNSEP, cordially invite you to an initial series of online seminars on the British economy.

Each seminar will consider critical, but overlooked, contemporary economic issues. These have to be discussed, if fresh policies are to be developed with trade union participation to achieve a new deal for working people, our communities and the environment.

Book onto a seminar here

Their Legacy - Our Heritage

WEA and General Federation of Trade Unions have launched a series of online classes with leading experts in their fields on key components of working class history that have lasting impact.

Download the programme details here

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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Employment Law Matters

  • Do you have people relying on you to help them with first class support?
  • Do you sometimes struggle to find reliable on-line information easily?
  • Do you feel under pressure to ‘get the best outcome’ for your client?

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.

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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

Support the Freedom for Ocalan Campaign 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.



Join VSC here

Working River - Songs and Music of the River Thames

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.

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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: