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Politics Theory Other #75: Being a Trade Unionist with Len McCluskey

Len McCluskey joins Alex Doherty to talk about his new Verso book, Why You Should Be A Trade Unionist, on this episode of the Politics Theory Other podcast. 

Alex Doherty17 February 2020

Politics Theory Other #75: Being a Trade Unionist with Len McCluskey

#75 Being a trade unionist w/ Len McCluskey by Politics Theory Other

Len McCluskey joins me to talk about his new book, 'Why You Should Be A Trade Unionist'. We spoke about his own experience of becoming involved in the labour movement, what the unions could be doing to combat the conservative press, and we also talked about the Labour leadership contest and Len's position on freedom of movement.

Politics Theory Other is a weekly political podcast. The show aims to  bring the work of writers on the radical left to a broader public and to encourage popular engagement with work that is sometimes considered  "academic" or "difficult". The show also aims to encourage engagement between the Marxist left and those working in the traditions of cultural  studies and post-structuralist theory. 

Recent shows have included episodes the future of the Labour party (with Richard Seymour), the Green New Deal (with Thea Riofrancos), the financial crisis (with Adam Tooze), Islamophobia and the War on Terror (with Nisha Kapoor), and Jeremy Gilbert on Maurizio Lazzarato and the reception of French theory in the anglophone world. 

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Why You Should be a Trade Unionist
In this short and accessible book, Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union, presents the case for joining a trade union. Drawing on anecdotes from his own long involvement in unions, he...