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Trade unions must move away from 'white male breadwinner' image to survive, says Glasgow author

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coronavirus pandemic but soon realised that lockdown and its impact on workers had made the case for collective action even stronger.

Her new book is a mixture of history and analysis of the trade union movement and argues it must now appeal to younger, more diverse workers if it is to thrive in an era of repressive anti-union laws introduced by the Tories.

The Glasgow-based journalist told the Record the recent election of women candidates to the top jobs at two of the UK's largest unions was a positive step forward on the path to rebuilding.

Maryhill-born Christina McAnea took charge of Unison, the UK's largest union, in January while Sharon Graham was announced as the new general secretary of Unite last month.

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