GFTU’s New Publication & Launch

We are excited to be hosting our very own book launch, which will feature an extended version of our recent publication, The True Causes of Inflation: Weak Production and High Profits called The Cost of Living Crisis (and how to get out of it) by GFTU’s Doug Nicholls, Professor Costas Lapavitsas and James Meadway.

Monday 20th February 2023


Mander Hall, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BB.


Eddie Dempsey: Rail, Maritime, and Transport Workers Union

Costas Lapavitsas: School of Oriental and African Studies

James Meadway: Council member, Progressive Economy Forum

Laura Smith: Labour Party (personal capacity)

Sarah Woolley: Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union

About the Book

Living standards across the world were hammered last year by shocking increases in the price of essentials – from domestic energy to basic foods. People in the UK were among the worst hit.

The response to the inflation surge by the UK government has been disastrous for working people. Pushing up interest rates, attempting to keep pay rises below increases in prices, and trying to cut pensions and other benefits, has exacerbated the devastating cost-of-living crisis.

The true causes of the crisis have nothing to do with workers asking for pay rises. This book shows that rapid inflation was sparked by a combination of global economic instability, profound weakness of production, and corporate profiteering. The result is a massive transfer of wealth upwards – from working people to the super rich. It is time for a radical economic alternative.

New GFTU General Secretary Appointed

The General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) established in 1899 has appointed a new General Secretary elect, Gawain Little (42), to lead the organisation from May 2023 when the current General Secretary Doug Nicholls will retire.

Gawain is a lifelong trade unionist from the National Education Union’s national leadership. He has been a workplace rep since he started teaching 20 years ago and has also been a local secretary, National Executive member and is currently chair of the NEU International Committee.

Doug Nicholls said: “The GFTU offers trade unions so much and is planning for growth and Gawain is just the person to work with the Executive to lead it to a new stage of development so that it can celebrate its 125th year in real style and meet the challenges of the next decades. I wish Gawain every success and look forward to working with him in the hand over period ahead.”

Gawain Little said: “This is truly a great honour. The GFTU is at the heart of the trade union movement, complementing the work of the TUC by providing practical cost saving services for unions and creating space for innovative thought and solidarities. Its education offer is pioneering and comprehensive and highly valued. The GFTU is more relevant than ever and I greatly look forward to working with its staff team and Executive members to help it grow and prosper.”

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