What we offer

The GFTU celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2019. There is a fascinating history of the 120 years so far on the website; click here to read it.


Keep an eye on the website for details of some very special events to celebrate the great contributions our organisation has made and continues to make, these can be found by clicking here or on the Events tab above.


We could think of no better way of celebrating our past by committing expenditure to the future with our biggest education programme ever, details about the Education for Action programme can be found by clicking here or on the Education tab above.

The history of achievements made by working people has been dangerously ignored and we are proud to offer again our History days schools with leading experts in their fields translating the living importance of historical events in an accessible and entertaining way.

We are aware that many people have had their entire post 16 education with the GFTU, which is why we continue in this tradition, by offering pathways from functional skills to units designed to equip senior trade union officials, EC members and General Secretaries.

We are facilitating the work to establish an Apprenticeship for trade union officers for the whole movement and Our trade union management programme aims to equip a new generation of union managers and leaders, combining practical application with strategic leadership ideas, details about the Education for Action programme can be found by clicking here or on the Education tab above.

We work in conjunction with many universities and colleges and will particularly be celebrating 120 years of one of our close partners Ruskin College in 2019 also.

Due to our webinars being so successful when they were launched, we will be running them again; taking the form of one hour discussions with experts on important topics.

We encourage you to take every opportunity of the learning we have made available.

Our courses are in great demand therefore, we will be operating a strict cancellation policy from now on and costs will be passed onto unions for those not attending. Course travel, subsistence, accommodation and materials are all free to members of GFTU affiliated unions.



The range of support and services offered to the Affiliated Unions is very broad, and Union’s take advantage of a range of support and money making initiatives which allows them to remain focussed on the things that matter and the needs of members. Details of the Win:Win programme can be found on the website.


We launched a new publishing imprint for trade unionists last year and our first publication was on trade union education and how it can be adapted to become more powerful in the years ahead, we have since published a number of other titles, which you can view on this website.

In turn, this book has inspired new courses to train people to become better mentors in the trade union context. We are growing a new generation of trade union trainers and have created the exciting gold standard courses to do this.

This year we have published a graphic novel on the history of The Labour Movement called “For the many not the Few”.

Our regular publication “GFTU View Point” will resume again soon and aims to provide food for thought and action concerning all aspects of union building.


To add some colour and depth to our trade union culture we have created an online shop with ideal gifts for family, friends and union colleagues. Visit the GFTU Shop to have a look around.


Whether it is a local issue, a national or international matter, campaigns are more effective when people act in solidarity, the website shows some of the GFTU and Affiliated Union’s current campaigns and international solidarity groups we support and their campaigns.
Where appropriate we also dovetail essential learning into courses and hold conferences and events to raise awareness and gain support.


We have also expanded our hotel and conference centre to meet the increasing demands of trade unions to hold events and training there, which you can view at www.quorngrangehotel.co.uk. Members of affiliated unions can also enjoy discounts in the hotel.
We encourage you to take a look at our website regularly, as further events will be added throughout the year.
In solidarity
Doug Nicholls, General Secretary
Oshor Willaims, President