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Book launch at TUC:

Union Voices: Tactics and Tensions in UK Organizing By Melanie Simms, Jane Holgate and Edmund Heery

Published by Cornell University Press

Tuesday 22 January 2013 from 6pm-8pm

TUC, Congress House, Great Russell Street London WC1B 3LS.

If you want to come along please register here:

There will be a number of commentators who will say a few words about the book and the state of union organizing in the UK:

Sharon Graham, Director of Organising, Unite the union
Paul Nowak, Head of the Organisation and Services Department
John Kelly, Professor of Industrial Relations at Birkbeck College
Wilf Sullivan, TUC Race Relations officer
Martin Smith, National Organizer Director GMB
John Page, Assistant General Secretary of TSSA

Followed by wine, beer and nibbles and chance to talk to the authors and others in attendance.

In Union Voices, the result of a thirteen-year research project, three industrial relations scholars evaluate how labor unions fared in the political and institutional context created by Great Britain''s New Labour government, which was in power from 1997 to 2010. Drawing on extensive empirical evidence, Melanie Simms, Jane Holgate, and Edmund Heery present a multilevel analysis of what organizing means in the UK, how it emerged, and what its impact has been. Although the supportive legislation of the New Labour government led to considerable optimism in the late 1990s about the prospects for renewal, Simms, Holgate, and Heery argue that despite considerable evidence of investment, new practices, and innovation, UK unions have largely failed to see any significant change in their membership and influence.

Advanced copies of the book can be ordered from Cornell University Press and copies will be available at the event.