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Union VoicesTactics and Tensions in UK Organizing$
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Melanie Simms, Jane Holgate, and Edmund Heery

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451201

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451201.001.0001

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The TUC Approach to Developing a New Organizing Culture

The TUC Approach to Developing a New Organizing Culture

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Union Voices

Melanie Simms

Jane Holgate

Edmund Heery

Cornell University Press

This chapter maintains that the Organising Academy's relevance stems not only from its success in training a body of organizers, but also because its establishment encourages a debate about the role of organizing within British unions. The chapter describes the training program while examining some of the ways in which its core ideas have spread through many British unions. The importance of training as a process to develop and incorporate professional norms has been underlined by the development of organizing training for both officers and activists. In relation to that, the chapter shows how organizers often see themselves as being at odds with the dominant culture of the unions in which they work, and how they express their professional identity as organizers as much, if not more, than with their employing union.

Keywords:   Organising Academy, British unions, organizers, activists, organizing training, professional identity

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