Socialist Worker

The awkward squad

Issue No. 1876

THE RISE of the awkward squad of left wing trade union leaders has transformed the leadership of most trade unions in Britain.

In a new pamphlet called The Awkward Squad, New Labour and the Rank and File, Martin Smith, an industrial organiser for Socialist Worker, charts this phenomenon. He asks what attitude socialists should have to union elections and discusses the limits of the awkward squad.

The sections on the history of rank and file movements and attempts to develop similar movements today is essential reading.

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Sat 8 Nov 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1876
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