Class_battle_fronts_diagramCowed by anti-strike legislation introduced in the 1980s, British trade unions mostly retreated to the comfort zone ofsocial partnership following their large-scale industrial defeats in the 1980s. Since the financial crisis of 2008, sustained attacks on workers terms and conditions have seen the longest period of wage decline since the 1870s, whilst trade union membership languishes at its lowest level for 70 years.

What will it take to create an effective labour movement that takes the fight to employers, wins concessions and reverses the tide of defeat?

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