by Ian Allinson
It's more obvious than ever that we need radical social and political change. But in the vacuum left by defeated labor movements, where should we begin? For longtime workplace activist Ian Allinson, the answer is clear: organizing at work is essential to rebuilding working-class power. The premise is simple: organizing builds confidence, capacity, and collective power - and with power, we can win change. Workers Can Win is an essential, practical guide for rank-and-file workers and union activists. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience, Allinson offers insight into tried and tested methods for effective organizing, addressing some of the roots of conflict, common problems with unions, and the resistance of management to worker organizing. As a 101 guide to workplace organizing with politically radical horizons, Workers Can Win is destined to become an essential tool for workplace struggles in the years to come.
With illustrations by Colin Revolting.
"A must-read for every trade union activist." -- Lyn-Marie O'Hara, Glasgow equal pay striker
"A practical, positive, accessible guide to organizing." -- Sarah Woolley, General Secretary, Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union
"Just brilliant. Packed full of invaluable advice and practical tips." -- Laura Pidcock, National Secretary of The People's Assembly
About the Author:
Ian Allinson has been a workplace activist since 1991, working for a private sector employer which didn't recognize a union for most workers, and where he led a number of strikes including the first national strike in the IT industry. He served ten years on the national Executive Committees of Amicus and Unite, and was a candidate for Unite General Secretary in 2017. He is currently industrial action coordinator on the executive committee of Manchester TUC, where he was previously President.