Unity is Strength: 120 Years of the General Federation of Trade Unions
30 March 2019
Saturday 30 March 2019, Mechanics Institute, Manchester
2019 will mark the 120th anniversary of the formation of the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU). As Alice Prochaska observed the creation of the GFTU was an expression of the “highest and most visionary hopes of many leading trade unionists in Great Britain..[for an] instrument of unity” which might transcend sectional interests. Created primarily to organise a strike fund which could be drawn upon by affiliated trade unions, the GFTU also found itself involved in discussions about general unionism, industry amalgamations and the need for separate labour political representation. Additionally, the GFTU was the main body conducting relations with trade unions internationally until 1914. After the First World War the GFTU increasingly became a federation of the smaller craft and industry unions. Currently the GFTU supports a broad range of affiliates from sport to music, furniture makers to educational psychologists. The GFTU has always had a strong educational ethos and plays an important role assisting unions in building a new generation of skilled leaders, engaging young workers in new ways and passing on knowledge of the history of the labour movement.
Speakers to include: Dr Alice Prochaska (former Principal of Somerville College) Professor Kevin Morgan (University of Manchester) Professor Geert Van Goethem (Ghent University Doug Nicholls (General Secretary of the General Federation of Trade Unions)
Call for papers available here: http://sslh.org.uk/news-post/2018-06-13-call-for-papers-unity-is-strength-120-years-of-the-general-federation-of-trade-unions.
Deadline for proposals: 14 December 2018