When a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour party comes into government it will face resistance from capitalists in this country and internationally, with a risk of being forced into crises which will limit Labour’s capacity to govern effectively. The trade unions could be our movement’s most powerful weapon to fight back and overcome these obstacles. What can a Labour government do to empower our trade unions? What support will Labour need from the workers movement to be able to deliver this and our radical socialist programme?
Nadine Houghton is a national officer for the GMB trade union and has lead the successful campaign to secure recognition at Net A Porter. She also works closely with the New Economics Foundation on developing policies and strategy for trade union renewal.
Professor of Sociology and co-director of the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London. Her recent work includes Rethinking Racial Capitalism (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018) and Crisis, austerity and everyday life (Palgrave, 2015).
The World Transformed is a 4-day festival of art, music and politics, running alongside the Labour Party conference in Brighton, working to build left power both inside and outside of parliament.
The Communication Workers Union is the main trade union in the United Kingdom for people working for telephone, cable, digital subscriber line and postal delivery companies. It has 110,000 members in Royal Mail as well as more in many other communication companies.