A Party of the Trade Unions?

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A Party of the Trade Unions?

Trade unions have played a central role in the UK Labour Party since its creation. Today, Labour has 12 trade union affiliates who provide funding, resources, activists and candidates, and who have considerable representation within the democratic structures of the party. As Labour moves in a new direction under Keir Starmer’s leadership, what will this mean for the trade unions’ relationship to the party?

Join labour movement leaders and thinkers to discuss the role of trade unions within Labour, how the union link has shaped the development of both the party and the unions, and how the unions should relate to the new Labour Party leadership.

Moderated by Gemma Bolton. Speakers:
- Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union
- Sam Tarry, MP for Ilford South and previously the national political officer for the TSSA union
- Jo Grady, General Secretary of the University and Colleges Union (UCU)
- Leo Panitch, Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy at York University

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