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The Trades Union Congress (TUC) and alliances with social movements

Jane Parker
Employee Relations, 30, 5, 562-83


The purpose of this paper is to examine why and how the Trades Union Congress (TUC) – the labour movement's peak body, “think tank” and exemplar – engages in alliance building with civil movements and groups. In particular, it investigates: the rationale for such; the nature of the alliances and the extent to which they inform TUC revival efforts or a new approach to trade unionism. It provides an in-depth empirical study of the TUC's involvement in alliance building with other social movements and groups. Policy-maker and practitioner interest in such is growing rapidly, particularly in light of the debatable effectiveness of familiar British union revival strategies.