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31 October 2005

LRD booklet helps establish unions as a sustainable force at work
The Labour Research Department (LRD) has published a new guide for union reps and officials, entitled Bargaining to organise.

Recruitment is a major challenge for trade unions, and there is clear evidence that long-term success in recruiting and retaining members depends on workplace organisation.

Bargaining to organise argues: "The more visible the union, the more likely people are to join - and the more likely members are to stay in membership."

As well as members getting more out of the union, a well-organised workplace also makes it possible for the union to get more out of its members.

The booklet is divided into three sections, which provide information and guidance on:

* negotiating facilities and time off for recruiting, organising and other union activities;
* organising campaigns; and
* using the strength and resources of well-organised workplaces to build union organisation in other areas - for example, among contractors and suppliers.

Written in a straightforward style and containing case studies of recruitment and organisation in practice, LRD's Bargaining to organise contains unique trade union information.

Notes to editors

1. Bargaining to organise is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?4.00. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?33.45 (?76.95 for employers/commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.

2. The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded over 90 years ago. Around 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 national unions and representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries on this booklet, contact Clare Ruhemann on 020 7902 9824. To order copies of the booklet, telephone 020 7928 3649.

4. Full information about all of LRD's services and publications is available on the LRD website at www.lrd.org.uk.

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