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The Labour Research Department exists to co-operate with Labour, Socialist and Co-operative movements in promoting and carrying out research into problems of importance to the labour, to supply information, and to issue publications.

LRD constitution 1912

Founded in July 1912 LRD has maintained the principles embodied in its initial statement throughout the last 100 years, and provided its affiliates with a wealth of information and research.

Changes to the legal form of the Labour Research Department

The 2018 Annual General meeting of the Labour Research Department agreed that the LRD should become a company limited by guarantee in order to provide greater protection to members and affiliates and make it easier for subscribers and suppliers to deal with us.

All the key elements of the LRD's current constitution, including the objects, the voting rights of affiliates and the structure of the Executive Committee, have been retained in the proposed Articles of the new company limited by guarantee. The existing members of the Executive Committee will become the directors of the new company (and they will continue to be unpaid). The name of the new company will remain as Labour Research Department. And the existing individual members and affiliates will become members and affiliated members of the new company.

It is intended that the switch from the current structure new legal form should take place at midnight on 30 June 2018.

2018 Annual General Meeting

The keynote speaker was Geoff Tily Senior Economist at the TUC, who spoke about the current economic situation - see his presentation.

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The Labour Research Department has over 4,000 trade union organisations and individuals, including 51 national unions, representing more than 99% of total TUC membership, affiliated or subscribing to its services.

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“If our trade union branch could affiliate to one organisation it would be the Labour Research Department (LRD). The information provided in LRD publications are indispensable tools for workplace reps to know their own and members rights.”

Paul Cruse, Secretary, Unite Westminster Branch

 

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