Event location: Mechanics' Institute, Manchester
Date: 16th May 2015
Event time: 14:15 to 16:00
Frances O'Grady, TUC General Secretary, will give the sixth annual Frow Lecture. Her topic is 'The future of the left - where next for Labour, trade unions and the working class?'
Admission free; all welcome. This is not a ticketed event - please arrive in good time to ensure a seat. Please note change of venue to Manchester Mechanics’ Institute, 103 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD (entrance on Major Street) and slight time adjustment.
Frances will be talking about the need to build a new left-wing politics in Britain bringing together all progressive forces, including emerging campaign movements that energise young people.
She will focus on the need for:
• Labour to be bold in building a new economy that works for all working people.
• Trade unions to reach out to new groups of workers, especially the young.
• The need for a new political discourse that engages working-class people and addresses social marginalisation.
Frances is the General Secretary of the TUC. She first joined the TUC as Campaigns Officer in 1994, and went on to launch the TUC’s Organising Academy in 1997.
Frances headed up the TUC’s organisation department in 1999, reorganising local skills projects into unionlearn which now helps a quarter of a million workers into learning every year.
As Deputy General Secretary from 2003, Frances led on the environment, industrial policy, the NHS and winning an agreement covering the 2012 Olympics. She has served as a member of both the Low Pay Commission, the High Pay Centre and the Resolution Foundation’s Commission on Living Standards.