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The GFTU Young Members’ Weekend


Held every year, Young Members’ Development Weekend 2022 promotes trade unions to young people and shows how unions are relevant to their lives at work and beyond. It is an opportunity for General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) affiliated unions to campaign on the most important issues for young workers, give a platform to their organising activities and demonstrate the value that young members bring to the trade union movement.

John McGowan, SWU General Secretary highlights that “the GFTU Young Members’ Weekend has established itself as one of the most exciting, high impact Labour Movement events to inspire younger workers to understand more about their unions, the labour movement and the challenges we face politically and in the workplace. It is a high octane event where SWU members will meet other young activists and learn together in an engaging way, with great support and a ‘can do’ approach so that you can really make a difference in workplaces in the future.”

The event is fully funded by the GFTU who will cover receipted transport and all learning materials, meals, and overnight accommodation. The GFTU Young Members’ Weekend – Fully Funded and is free to SWU members and SWU Social Work Students members aged 30 years of under are eligible to apply for a place.

The dates are Friday 11th – Sunday 13th November 2022 at the fantastic Quorn Grange Hotel in Leicestershire.

To apply for a place please contact j.mcgowan@swu-union.org.ukThe deadline for applications is strictly 26th October 2022 at 12 noon.

GFTU’s Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion Course


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GFTU’s Union Learning Representatives’ Training 


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Economic Seminar 1: Dealing with the Rising Cost of Living


This is the first in a series of online seminars on the British economy by the General Federation of Trade Unions and SOAS, University of London, in collaboration with the research network, EReNSEP. This seminar covers:

  • The causes of inflation in the Pandemic Crisis.
  • Government intervention in favour of big business.
  • Measures to protect the income and livelihood of working people.

Each seminar will consider critical, but overlooked, contemporary economic issues. These have to be discussed if fresh policies are to be developed with trade union participation to achieve a new deal for working people, our communities, and the environment.

The dominance of the finance sector and lack of investment in the productive economy have created a volatile and fragile environment. It is imperative to consider the latest thinking that could inject dynamism into productive activities, create good jobs, channel finance away from speculation, and achieve environmental targets.

Professor Costas Lapavitsas, Larry Elliott, Economics Editor Guardian, and Grace Blakely, Economics Editor, Tribune, will be among those contributing to this series.

It is hoped that the seminars would lead to new policy development for unions and community organisations.