Trade Union Education

Trade union education has been in the doldrums for years – it generally lacks modern teaching methods, has outdated content and avoids key areas of history, economics and politics. This book aims to change all that – to mark out new ground that will bring trade union education back to life. This book has inspired new courses to train people to become better mentors in the trade union context.

The Many Not The Few

An illustrated history of Britain shaped by the people A union rep and his granddaughter discuss the history of the labour movement, from the 14th century right up to today. Foreword by Jeremy Corbyn

Workers' Playtime

Workers’ Play Time is an anthology of seven such scripts, many of which are appearing in print for the first time: Buy now in the GFTU Shop
There is a rich tradition of theatre dealing with workers’ and trade union struggles through the centuries that can go unacknowledged by the literary mainstream. Often, such plays are staged in alternative venues and too often their scripts are not gathered in any archive and are in danger of being lost.
Bolton Rising, by Neil Duffield Luddite protests and savage repression of workers in Lancashire We Will Be Free! by Neil Gore The story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs told by George and Betsy Loveless Hannah, by Eileen Murphy A dramatic monologue by labour activist Hannah Mitchell A Splotch of Red, by James Kenworth Labour Party founder Keir Hardie campaigning in West Ham Dare to Be Free, by Jane McNulty How Mary Quaile organized café workers in the 1920s Out! on the Costa del Trico, by Women’s Theatre Group The Trico women’s strike of 1976 The Chambermaids, by Kathleen McCreery Inspired by the Grosvenor House Hotel strike in the 1980s
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A new publishing imprint dedicated to trade unions and organized workers
Workable is the joint book publishing initiative of the General Federation of Trade Unions and independent publisher New Internationalist. We believe that the stories, ideas, creativity, organizing and educational experiences of trade unionists need to be more widely shared. And so we are committed to providing a publishing platform for organized workers to express themselves. All revenues raised from this venture will be reinvested into trade union education and publishing.
Our publishing objectives are not confined to any one particular subject area. We welcome suggestions for publications in any subject or genre which speak to the world of trade unionism: it could be photographs, novels, memoirs, histories, ideas, plays, poetry or training manuals – you name it, if it relates to trade unionism – we’re interested. Please send an outline of any proposals for publication to: