Online Course - Trade Unions, Class & Power

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This course examines - from a Marxist perspective - the role of the British trade union movement through history and today.

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This eight week course will focus on the limits and possibilities of trade union power in capitalist societies, the role of collective bargaining, strikes and political organisation, the potential of trade union power in contemporary Britain and finally, the role of a Marxist understanding of the class nature of our society.

The current health emergency has revealed our total dependence on the actual exercise of labour power - by hand and brain - and the vital importance of protecting those skills for the existence of our society.

By the end of the course you should be able to demonstrate

· Greater knowledge of the origins of the trade union movement

· The relationship between trade union organisation and class organisation

· How trade unions have transformed the balance of power in capitalist societies

· How capitalist societies have sought to control and neutralise trade unions

· The new challenges facing trade unionists today

The four classes are:

1. What are trade unions for and how do Marxists understand their role?

2. How do trade unions exercise political and economic power in capitalist society and do they still have power in contemporary Britain?

3. Lessons from the past: how trade unions have previously transformed politics; how our ruling class has sought to challenge and reverse these political gains

4. How can trade unions rebuild their economic and political power today and roll back the dominance of big business ?

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