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Union organising

Starting a campaign: Friends and Allies

19 Sep 2013, By

We have our goals, we have looked at our resources.  Next up, who can we count on and who will we be up against? I think it’s important that we create and sustain broad coalitions and relationships between campaigners with a social and economic justice focus.  By supporting each other and sharing our work we…

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Starting a campaign: Resources

12 Sep 2013, By

So, we have our goals in place.  We know what we want to achieve and the milestones needed to achieve it.  What next? It’s time for campaigners to look at what resources we have at our disposal to make the goal the reality.

Starting a campaign: Goals

05 Sep 2013, By

As Maria in the Sound of Music said, ‘lets start at the very beginning, it’s a very good place to start’.  And so it is with running a campaign. I have often seen campaigners and organisers get an idea for an issue, a good soundbite and some headline catching stunts and begin a campaign.  More…

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Organising, communicating & the internet

21 Aug 2013, By

In the position I’m in here at the TUC, I’m often asked what I am reading, what I would recommend to others hoping to steer successful campaigns. Over the last year, I have been increasingly drawn to the work of cognitive linguistics in the shape of George Lakoff (more on my take on communications can be found here)…

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US unions: the latest youth craze?

10 Jul 2013, By

Well, they’re not in Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga’s league yet, but Harold Meyerson’s analysis of recent opinion poll data on the popularity of unions suggests some interesting demographic trends. He’s surely right that the overall popularity of unions recovering to pre-crash levels of just above 50% is nothing special. Indeed I’ve always been a…

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Union numbers hold up, thanks to women

30 May 2013, By

Trade union membership is growing during these tough times and it’s thanks to women. That’s the headline that leaps out at me from the latest government stats on trade union membership. Union membership has grown by 59,000 since 2011 to 6.455 million. Women make up 40,000 of that growth. This is part of a longer…

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It’s membership and mobilisation that makes us a movement

19 Feb 2013, By

The excellent Unison Active blog has picked up on an interesting debate going on in the US labour movement that has some relevance for unions in the UK; to what extent is union density and membership linked to union power and influence? It’s obvious that to establish relevance and legitimacy unions need to increase membership,…

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