GFTU’s Statement on the Economy

The Executive Committee became increasingly concerned at the general mismanagement of the economy and the chronic lack of investment in real wealth creating industries and our public services. It was also concerned that the scale of the government and media misperceptions about economic issues needed to be addressed and economic awareness therefore needed to be restored to trade union education.

Consequently a number of training events were organised that sought to debunk the economic clichés, and equip trade unionist and community organisers with the tools to counter economic orthodoxies and argue for alternatives. A pamphlet was produced with the Progressive Economic Forum and the University of London SOAS on the Cost of Living Crisis and the real cause of low wages and high profits and how to find new solutions. This was then expanded into a pocket sized book with Verso press to provide and accessible guide to the economic issues of the day.

This work led the Executive to work with SOAS to consider funding projects to enable greater knowledge exchange on key economic issues of the day and propose coherent alternative economic models for the future and to propose joint working with the Confed.

In turn the Executive believed that it was appropriate to propose a major economic statement to the May 2023 BGCM to be taken forward as a central and underpinning priority in all of its work and educational events.

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BGCM 2023

View the BGCM 2023 Report here.

Find out what happened at our 2023 BGCM, here.

The GFTU’s Biennial General Council Meeting is taking place from 14th May to 16th May 2023 at Quorn Grange Hotel. There will be a Gala Dinner on Sunday 14th in the evening and a special concert of brilliant performers on May 15th after a barbecue in the evening. 

Many of our supportive partners will be at the BGCM and it will provide a great opportunity for affiliates to become fully aware of the range of discounted services we offer that can really assist affiliated unions and their members in saving money and improving effectiveness. View our Win:Win partners here.

We will have a major statement on the economy from the GFTU Executive and this will be commented on by the Economics Editor of the Guardian Larry Elliott and Professor Costas Lapavitsas of SOAS University of London who share a strong commitment to supporting trade unions.

We will have important international guests to share some often overlooked issues with us.

The BGCM has taken a full report on the exceptional work of the GFTU over the last two years (see here) and importantly look forward to opening a new chapter with a new General Secretary Gawain Little and a new three person fundraising team who are seeking to create a new dynamic future and significant funding for our charitable trust. This will bring incredible new opportunities for our affiliates.

To express our commitment to nurturing a new generation of leaders, two young trade unionists Hannah Baker of the Pharmacists Defence Association and Quincy Raymond of the Communications Workers Union will chair part of our proceedings.

There will be many new opportunities opened at the BGCM as well as new educational offers and courses.

We look forward to seeing you at the event in May.

Smooth GFTU Leadership Transition

The three-month handover period for the incoming GFTU General Secretary Gawain Little is progressing really well. Doug Nicholls commented: ‘A smooth transition of leadership is guaranteed at the GFTU, and the strengths of the staff team are set to flourish in the period ahead. I have no doubt that Gawain is going to lead a very exciting new future for our fantastic and increasingly important organisation. Speaking beneath the iconic Epstein sculpture at Congress House, Gawain said: ‘I am greatly looking forward to our first Executive Committee meeting in July at the Durham Gala where unions will discuss how to shape a future that builds on the excellent work of the Federation and opens up new support opportunities for our affiliates. As inflation rages and profits soar and the value of wages fall trade unions have urgent work to do.’

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