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What is CLASS?

The Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) is a thinktank established in 2012 to act as a centre for left debate and discussion. Originating in the labour movement, CLASS works with a broad coalition of supporters, academics and experts to develop and advance alternative policies.

Through the production of high quality, intellectually compelling publications and events, CLASS seeks to shape ideas that can inspire the left, cement a broad alliance of social forces and influence policy development to ensure the political agenda is on the side of working people.

What does CLASS do?

CLASS produces briefings, policy papers and think pieces spanning a broad policy field. Current projects address issues of race and class, automation, the labour market and Brexit.

CLASS organises seminars and events across the country to encourage discussion on new policy ideas.

Who is involved?

CLASS is funded and supported by a growing number of trade unions, including ASLEF, BFAWU, CWU, GFTU, GMB, NUM, NUT, PCS, TSSAUCU and Unite the Union.

The organisation is run day-to-day by our staff, with work overseen by the Management Committee. Alongside this, CLASS has an impressive and ever growing National Advisory Panel of experts who offer guidance on policy direction.

How are we funded?

The Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) is a Registered Company limited by guarantee. Company Number 8153706. You can find out more by visiting Companies House.

You can download our Annual Reports below:

CLASS are committed to the principle of funding transparency. Below we list our total income for the last reported year as well as all sources of income over £1000. CLASS is funded by a range of donations from our trade union supporters.

2017 - 2018

Total income: £198,426

Donations over £1,000:

Unite the Union