Trade unions and the fight against unemployment

Two excellent events – 9th February and 23rd February

With unemployment projected to continue rising over this year, the Marx Memorial Library hosts two online discussions with those at the forefront of the labour movement’s response.

Tuesday, 9 February 2021 – 7:00pm

In this first of two panel discussions, leading industrial relations academics, trade union leaders and activists in the public sector discuss the challenges posed by the return of unemployment in the historically strong public sector. What can we learn from history and the analysis of contemporary capitalism? How do we organise the working class response With:

  • Professor Roger Seifert, University of Wolverhampton
  • Roger McKenzie, Assistant General Secretary, Unison
  • Jo Grady, General Secretary, UCU

Register here.

Tuesday, 23rd February 2021 – 7:00pm

In this second of two panel discussions, leading industrial relations academics, trade union leaders and activists discuss the challenges posed by the return of unemployment in the private sector, where union power has sharply declined in recent decades. What can we learn from history and the analysis of contemporary capitalism? How do we organise the working class response? With:

  • Professor John Kelly, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Steve Turner, Assistant General Secretary, Unite
  • Sarah Woolley, General Secretary, BFAWU

Register here.

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