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Professor Ralph Darlington

Ralph Darlington is Professor of Employment Relations at Salford Business School, University of Salford. His main research is concerned with the dynamics of trade union organisation, activity and consciousness in Britain and internationally within both contemporary and historical settings. Ralph has authored, co-authored and edited six books, including The Dynamics of Workplace Unionism (1994), The Political Trajectory of J.T. Murphy (1998), Glorious Summer: Class Struggle, 1972 (2001), Syndicalism and the Transition to Communism: An International Comparative Analysis (2008), What’s the Point of Industrial Relations?: In Defence of Critical Social Science (2009), and Radical Unionism (2013). He is an executive member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA), executive board member of the International Association of Strikes and Social Conflict, and secretary of the Manchester Industrial Relations Society.

Özlem Onaran

Özlem Onaran is Professor of Economics at the University of Greenwich and the director of the Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre. She has done extensive research on issues of inequality, wage-led growth, employment, globalization, gender, and crises. She has directed research projects for the UN International Labour Organisation, UNCTAD, the Institute for New Economic Thinking, the Foundation of European Progressive Studies, the Vienna Chamber of Labour, the Austrian Science Foundation, and Unions21. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation of European Progressive Studies, Scientific Advisory Board of Hans Boeckler Foundation, and the Policy Advisory Group of the Women’s Budget Group, a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Research Network Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies, and a research associate at the Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has more than seventy articles in books and leading peer-reviewed journals such as the Cambridge Journal of Economics, World Development, Environment and Planning A, Public Choice, Economic Inquiry, European Journal of Industrial Relations, International Review of Applied Economics, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Eastern European Economics, and Review of Political Economy.

Joy Johnson

Joy Johnson, UNITE Political Team

Joy Johnson's primary career has been in journalism working at ITN and BBC and as a regular contributor to Tribune. Joy worked for the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone as a political communicator and has lectured in journalism and communications. Joy currently works for Unite in its political department specialising in addressing the democratic deficit in Parliament by helping to get selected and elected those with trade union and working class values.

Martin Smith

Martin Smith, GMB National Organiser

Martin started as a community organiser for Battersea and Wandsworth TUC in the mid 1990s before helping set up and run the TUC Organising Academy. As National Organiser for GMB since 2005 Martin has helped the unions substantial growth - building membership under Tory, Labour and Coalition governments and in times of both boom and bust.

Adrian Williamson

Adrian Williamson QC

Adrian Williamson QC has practised as a commercial barrister since 1985. He completed his PhD at Cambridge in 2014, supervised by Professor Martin Daunton. This is now published as Conservative Economic Policymaking and the Birth of Thatcherism, 1964-1979 (Palgrave Macmillan: 2015). He has also published on the Bullock Report on Industrial Democracy.

Whyeda Gill-Mclure

Whyeda Gill-Mclure

Dr. Whyeda Gill-McLure worked as a trainee lawyer in the legal section of the European Commission after completing the Cambridge LLB. She is Senior Lecturer in Industrial Relations and HRM at the University of Wolverhampton Business School and has published on the impact of modernisation on public services.

She is currently writing a monograph for Routledge: ‘Employers under Austerity: A history of local government industrial relations 1991-Present’(forthcoming 2017 and guest-editing a special issue of Labor History to mark the centenary of the Whitley Reports 1917 (forthcoming 2017)

She is on the editorial board of Capital&Class and is co-founder of the West Midlands Conference of Socialist Economists

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