Trade Union History

GLI Manchester is currently writing an illustrated trade union history book.

Titled ‘The Story of Our International Trade Union Movement’ 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 draws on global examples to illustrate international themes telling stories that resonated with union activists.

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.