About the GFTU
The GFTU adds value and support to specialist unions and specialist sections of larger general unions.
Write to us at:
GFTU National Office,
86 Wood Lane, Quorn,
Loughborough LE12 8DB
GFTU Operations Manager
T: 01509 410867
PA to the General Secretary
T: 01509 410 974
T: 01509 410978
Head of Finance
T: 01509 410 856
There are many parts to the GFTU including:
The Executive Committee
Trading Company Directors
In small organisations there are occasions when people need support or inspiration and if they work in isolation, without a peer group or wider professional networks it can be stressful.
There are often vacancies for people who are interested working with us, so it is worth keeping an eye on these pages, as we regularly post opportunities at the GFTU, at Quorn Grange Hotel, with our Affiliated Unions or partner organisations.
A notification of each new advertisement will be sent immediately to the GFTU’s Facebook and Twitter pages, so it is worth following us to get updates.
We strive to be an outstanding employer, occasionally have vacancies for Apprentices.
If you are looking for work experience, there might be a possibility of us creating an opportunity to work alongside us, so please send an e-mail request to Ian Richards, who has personnel responsibilities across the organisation, and let us know what you would ideally like to achieve. We cannot guarantee anything, but will always consider requests.
We only accept applications on a GFTU application form. We prefer not to accept speculative CV’s that occasionally get dropped off at reception. Whenever we advertise a vacancy we make sure all of the paperwork is attached.
If you would like to post a vacancy on the GFTU’s situations vacant section it is offered free of charge to trade union and campaign organisations. However, if advertisers would like to make a donation to the GFTU Education Trust for using this service, it would be greatly appreciated.
Please send your proposed advertisement to email@example.com
The GFTU reserves the right not to run an advertisement if it in anyway conflicts with its policies and interests.
The GFTU was originally the international voice of the British trade union movement and it has maintained this tradition of international solidarity with workers in other countries.
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.
Celebrating GFTU's 120 Years Supporting the Labour Movement
Celebrating GFTU History in Parliament
Photo credit: Ade Marsh Photography
Edda Nicolson addressed a meeting in Parliament about the history of the GFTU.
The GFTU and its Place in Labour History
Dr Alice Prochaska delivered a speech for the parliamentary reception following the BGCM, 20th May 2019.
The Napo probation staffs union has referred to it as “a sort of TUC for smaller, specialist unions”. Yet while the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) did indeed become the champion of smaller and more specialist trade unions in the middle of the 20th century, these days, unions of any size, whether TUC-affiliated or not, are eligible to apply for GFTU membership.
Historian Dr Alice Prochaska, former principal of Somerville College Oxford and a trustee of the GFTU Educational Trust, wrote the first history of the GFTU to 1980. At a reception to mark the anniversary, she described how the TUC voted it into existence in 1899.