Organising tribute in Tribune
Heres a good article in Tribune by Brendan Barber – he’s my boss ;-) – assessing union organising efforts over the last 10 years.
While he rightly acknowledges that external factors such as new union recognition legislation and (until recently) rising employment have helped unions stabilise membership he also points out that, ‘new laws and increased employment do not organise new union members. Yes, the change in the external environment has been important. Nevertheless, a significant proportion of the relative success enjoyed by British unions over the past decade can be attributed to the work done by the unions themselves: prioritising organising and membership growth.’