Trade Unions, Class and Power

An online introduction to the strengths and weaknesses of the trade union movement in Britain today, how the experience of work is changing  and how people can be won to becomeactive trade unionists in current circumstances.

The course runs for eight weeks from 30 January

It caters for those starting out and also those with more experience.

It is based on interactions between students and between students and the tutor.

Register now - fee £20 (unwaged £10). 


Upon payment you will be sent by email your user name and password and the ULR for the education website.


The course examines exploitation, how all workers are exploited and what constitutes the working class.  It stresses the importance of trade union activity but also argues that wider political mobilisation of working people as a class is essential. 

It considers the circumstances in which such working class mobilisation has been able to achieve major victories.  It then examines the nature of the state and of the ruling class and the limitations with which the ruling class has to work – looking at specific examples of concerted ruling class action.  It concludes by considering capitalist state power and counter-posing it to the way the working class organises itself based on the development of solidarity.   

The four, fortnightly, classes are:

1.  Trade unions today (and yesterday)

2.  Exploitation

3.  Turning Points - when trade unions and the labour movement shifted the political balance in their favour

4.  How the ruling class fights back - and the limits to its power


Folder on course outlining sessions and reading can be found here 


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