Unions have faced decades of hostile legislation designed to make them ineffective, have seen the collapse of parts of the economy that were union strongholds and the growth of precarious work. They have been written off as out of date and out of time. Yet although union density and membership have declined since the 1980s, millions of workers remain members and there are signs of growth in surprising areas.
So how do we explain the resilience of unions and what practical help does this offer us for the possibilities of renewal and growth of workplace organisation?
Ronnie Draper (General Secretary, BFAWU) joins researchers from WISERD as they present new data as to why (to the disappointment of their enemies) unions refuse to die.
This Fringe Meeting will take place in Syndicate 3 and lunch will be provided.