This site accompanies Workers Can Win! A Guide to Organising at Work by Ian Allinson, with illustrations by Colin Revolting, published by Pluto Press (how to buy).
Drawing on more than 20 years of organising experience, the book combines practical techniques with an analysis of the theory and politics of organising and unions. It offers insight into tried and tested methods for effective organising. It deals with tactics and strategies, and addresses some of the roots of conflict, common problems with unions and the resistance of management to worker organising.
You can read more about the book or about this website, and read Chapter 1: Introduction. You can subscribe to updates related to the book by email or WhatsApp. Any changes to links included in the book are available via the Further Reading page.
There have been lots of events around the book throughout Britain. Check for a future event near you. I’m working with others to arrange an online training course, based on the book, for spring 2023. Make sure you subscribe to updates if you are interested. I’m also posting updates to the book here, in response to both changes in the terrain we organise on (e.g. legal changes) and to reader feedback. Please send in your comments, ideas and experiences applying the ideas in the book.
- Update: redundancy selectionWhile it’s a bad idea to agree redundancy selection criteria, we should criticise whatever management propose.
- Update: post-Brexit European Works CouncilsThe UK’s EWC legislation still applies to all companies with their corporate headquarters on UK soil that were in negotiations to establish an EWC or already had an EWC in place on 31 December 2020.
- Review: Labour BriefingWorkers Can Win augments the resources produced by the Labour Research Department and trade unions and would be of great use to both seasoned workplace reps and people trying to organise for the first time.
- Review: David Renton on lives; running“Ian Allinson’s new book is a service to the entire movement. It explains, in easy, accessible, language, how to start out as a trade unionist, especially in a workplace where few colleagues are members and how to win an audience.”
- Podcast: Voice.Wales including Cardiff book launchLive recording from the Cardiff launch of Workers Can Win: A Guide To Organising At Work by Ian Allinson, published by Pluto Press.
- Podcast: Radicals In ConversationIan Allinson, author of Workers Can Win, appeared alongside NHS nurse activist Siobhan Aston on Pluto’s Radicals In Conversation podcast.