Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion Course

GFTU is offering a new round of free training opportunities to bring new life to our commitments to engaging with all of our members, opposing all forms of discrimination and building strong, inclusive organisations.

Our first event is face-to-face high level workshop is for Union Leaders with a strategic role in equalities and anti-oppressive practice. It will challenge and push our work forward and discuss some of the most innovative and useful approaches. This will be held on Monday 5th September at Quorn Grange Hotel, 86 Wood Lane, Quorn, Leicestershire, LE12 8DB.

Please complete the booking form, found here, and return it to Mark Robinson via markr@gftu.org.uk by Monday 22nd August.

Three evening online seminars will then follow to cascade the strategic approach down into the unions and their branches. This will be suitable for Branch Officers and activists and develop some new thinking.

These will take place on September 8th 7-9pm, September 22nd 7-9pm and October 6th 7-9pm.

All of these learning and development opportunities will be facilitated by Jason Lee and Oshor Williams, both former top flight footballers and leading trade unionists who have developed a new curriculum for these courses based on years of work in this area.

For queries, please contact Education Administrator, Mark Robinson on 01509410978 / markr@gftu.org.uk.

View the leaflet.

Banner Theatre Presents: Saltley Gate to Partygate!

Presents: Saltley Gate to Partygate!

Songs, stories and videos that connects a key trade union victory of the past to the major class conflicts of today.

“All you could hear was close the gates, close the gates, close the gates, on and on and on” – Don Perrygrove, car worker (The Battle of Saltley Gate)
“I am receiving £11.49 an hour. They’re paying more than £18 an hour to the agency drivers to break this strike. It’s not fair!” – Teressa, driver (Coventry Bin Strike)

Weaving song, music and video Banner celebrates the 50th anniversary of the labour movement victory of Saltley Gate, when 20,000 union workers walked out to support striking miners. In a massive show of solidarity, they blockaded and shut down the coke depot in Saltley and helped the miners win a 30% pay rise! 

Watch Close the Gates!

We need another Saltley Gate now!
As the cost of living crisis deepens and right-wing governments across the world pass ever more draconian legislation to protect the interests and profits of the rich and powerful, people are fighting back. We tell the inspirational stories of striking bin workers in Coventry, the direct action of Black Lives Matter and Kill the Bill activists, as well as the campaigns to save our NHS and the massively successful farmers’ strike in India.

Watch Pay the Rate

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GFTU’s Union Workplace Representatives’ Training

What do you think when you see employers sacking workers so they can reduce pay and conditions?

How do you feel when employers ride roughshod over workers’ rights and mistreat their workforce?

Do you want to make a stand for a better world of work?

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

View course details

View an application form

Please return complete application forms to our Education Administrator, Mark Robinson at markr@gftu.org.uk by 10th June.

Testimonial of Young Members’ Development Weekend

The Young Members’ Development Weekend is an annual event that aims to inspire young trade unionists by giving them the tools they need to become more active within Trade Union Movement by providing inspiration, learning and networking opportunities, as well as a real chance to develop their skills, extend their knowledge and create links with other trade unions. It’s a weekend where members can meet others like them from different unions, share their experiences, realise they aren’t alone in facing the issues they do at work and understand that collectively they are stronger not only to make a difference in their jobs, but actually within the Trade Union Movement too.

Sarah Woolley, a former participant of the weekend, now current General Secretary of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union, has described her experience.

It’s a few years since I attended my first GFTU Young Members’ Weekend, but I still remember how great it was to be spending a weekend with other young trade unionists learning about the movement, politics, economics, international issues and employment rights amongst many other areas, it was my first experience of a trade union event that didn’t just involve motions.

There are some people from that first time that I am still in contact with now, who like me have progressed in the movement into paid official roles and senior official roles in their respective trade unions.

The Young Members’ Development Weekend does exactly what it says on the tin and is the only event like it in our movement.

Please support us so that we can continue to help young people progress in the Trade Union movement by playing Union Lotto, a lottery where each week there’s an opportunity for you to win up to £25,000. 60% of ticket sales go to GFTU’s Educational Trust as well as other Good Causes who take part. Draws take place every Saturday @ 8pm and ticket prices start at just £1 per week.

SWU & GFTU mark International Workers’ Memorial Day 2022

International Workers’ Memorial Day is marked every year on April 28th as a day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured, or made unwell by their work. This is an important date for the trade union movement across the globe as we continue to fight for improved working conditions and workers’ wellbeing.

The Social Workers Union (SWU) is a proud member of the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU), which has always specialised in health and safety. This year, GFTU General Secretary Doug Nicholls shared his thoughts with SWU on International Workers’ Memorial Day.

Read more here.

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