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Join union and community activists and organisers in Liverpool, 8–10 September 2023, for the New Organising Conference!


Convened by the Ella Baker School of Organising and the Labour Rights project of the Network for Social Change the conference will dig into the strategies and tactics we need to build workers power for justice in the 21st Century.


The programme will be co-created by the attendees, and action-oriented, generating campaign and organising outputs, including ‘how to’ guides and plans for action, that we can take away and use. 

Friday evening will include:

A reception, an evening meal and an opening plenary plus....

Film showing:
Everything must change: a new feature length film from the ever fabulous Reel News Collective.

Then on Saturday and Sunday we have an amazing programme of speakers, panels, workshops, trainings and entertainment. Check it out here....

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Check out our incredible line up!

  • Ian Allinson, author ‘Workers can win’

  • David Braniff-Herbert, LGBTQ+ organiser

  • Holly Carter, who will perform her musical tribute The Ashes of Joe Hill

  • Kevin Courtney, former joint General Secretary of the National Education Union

  • Shaun Featherstone, facilitator of the Red Shoe Radical Poster Archive

  • Jane Holgate, author: 'Arise: Power, Strategy and Union Resurgence'

  • Abigail Hunt, Policy Officer in Public Services at the TUC

  • Riz Hussain, the current TUC race Equality Officer

  • Tarek Islam, from the Highfields centre project Seeds of Change

  • Kaenat Issufo, from Labour behind the Labe

  • Kim Johnson Labour MP for Liverpool, Riverside

  • Helena Kennedy KC, who undertook the independent investigation into sexual harassment at the TSSA, on her findings of sexual harassment within the trade union movement

  • Maia Kirby, from Violation Tracker

  • Becca Kirkpatrick, from the fabulous team at We Got To Move

  • Claire Laycock, founding member of #MeTU,  whose heroic whistleblowing video finally exposed the problems at the TSSA

  • Fatimah Li, from the Highfields centre project Seeds of Change

  • Dawn Livingston, long term trade union educator, now at RCN

  • Ian Manborde, former tutor at Ruskin, and now head of Equality at Equity

  • Nisreen Mansour, Policy officer with  the Welsh TUC

  • Miguel Martinez Lucio, Professor of International HRM & Comparative Industrial Relations

  • Sara Mendes, from Nanny Solidarity

  • Camilla Palmer KC, mediator and founder of Your Employment Settlement Service (YESS)

  • Mahmooda Qureshi, one of the country’s most experienced and versatile community organisers

  • Asad Rehman, Director of War on Want

  • Adis Sehic, from the Work Rights Centre

  • Amarjite Singh, former Communications workers Union stalwart and now Welsh TUC Organising and Development officer

  • Mary Sitole, the newly elected union Treasurer at the TSSA (Transport Salaried Staffs Association)

  • Martin Smith, former Head of Organising at GMB, and political Director of the Workers Beer Company

  • Ravi Subramanian, West Midlands regional secretary for Unison

  • Wilf Sullivan, former TUC Race Equality Officer.

  • Shavanah Taj, Wales TUC, General secretary

  • Barbara Tanyanyiwa, Unison rep

  • Keith Venables, from the Independent Working Class Education Network

  • Simon Vessey, of Corporate Watch

  • Hillary Wainwright, Red Pepper and much more


It will be...

Intersectional and inclusive 

with a strong focus on organising among marginalised communities, and will explore the implications of different organising practices for women, people of faith, disabled people, the LGBTQ+ and racialised minority communities. The venue and accommodation is accessible. To discuss reasonable adjustments please email us on  

Action oriented

exploring what we need to do to build power in our workplaces open to many, and differing, voices deliberately bringing all sections of our movement together, including both smaller and larger unions, as well as non-union organisations


interested in the insights arising from the use of different, and at times competing, strategies and tactics


almost all sessions will include breakout elements and we will be sourcing the session contents from the knowledge and experience of the attendees. We are determined that sessions will be interactive and will be utilising a range of techniques, including pecha kucha, world cafe, workshops, round table discussions and seminars. 



an opportunity to learn, share and create new knowledge

Because there is no reason why strategising to change the world of work should be anything other than exhilarating! 


Practical information

Pay what you can afford

We have a range of subsidised tickets, so attendees will effectively pay what they can afford.

Tickets for the weekend, including two overnights and all meals, cost between £44 and £176, and there are additional options available.

Apply here to see all the options and make your selection.


The venue is accessible, and there is accessible overnight accommodation available.

We will seek to address any requests for adjustments to promote full accessibility.

Email us on to discuss any adjustments you may need.

Apply now

We know the event will be oversubscribed, so we are asking people to apply, that way we can ensure that the audience is diverse in terms of backgrounds, experience and perspectives. 

Apply, and submit your ideas for content, here. 


We have secured excellent on-site accommodation, in the student halls of residence

There are both single and double rooms available

All rooms are en-suite, and clusters of five rooms share an additional kitchen area (although all meals will be provided). 


The conference will be held at Hope University Liverpool, at their Hope Park site.

You can find details of how to get there by following this link and clicking on 'Hope Park'.

More information

If you need further information please email us on 


Our ambition:

is that the energy generated in Liverpool will lead to this organising conference becoming an annual event. We are drawing inspiration from a diverse range of events, including the American conferences called by the organisation Labor Notes, but recognise that a UK organising conference will inevitably develop its own unique identity. So join us, and help create a lasting contribution to the movement for workplace (and wider social) justice.

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