UNITE: The Story of Our International Trade Union Movement

GLI Manchester has been commissioned by Unite the Union to prepare an illustrated 100-page book: Unite: The Story of Our International Trade Union Movement as reading for shop stewards and union representatives in education programmes of Unite the Union in the UK.


The book is being written primarily for a British audience, drawing on British examples to illustrate international themes and telling stories that resonate with British trade unionists. It will be published in March 2020.

It is the story of our international movement, exploring the influence of different radical political ideas, the struggles for liberation and independence, the growth of unions in the global south, the impact of war and revolution, and the challenges of globalization, financialization, precariousness and environmental destruction.

The book was originally inspired by a 2005 essay, The Labour Movement, written by Dan Gallin, the founding Chair of the Global Labour Institute in Geneva and former General Secretary of the International Union of Foodworkers (IUF). Those interested to learn more are encouraged to read Solidarity, Dan Gallin’s collection of nineteen essays on the international labour movement.