What is Class?
The Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) is a new 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 for today.
Through the production of high quality, intellectually compelling publications and events Class seeks to shape ideas that can inspire the trade union movement, 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. Projects already underway address issues of growth and the economy, work and pay, housing and equality, security and aspiration, democracy and welfare, amongst many others.
Class organises seminars and events across the country to encourage discussion on new policy ideas.
Who is involved?
Class was set up by Unite the Union, the GMB and the Institute of Employment Rights and has the support of a growing number of trade unions. The organisation is run day-to-day by the 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?
You can download our Annual Report for the Year End March 2013 here.
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.
2012 - 2013
Total income: £103,650.00
Donations over £1,000.00:
- Unite the Union £30,000*
- GMB £40,000
- PCS £5,000
- CWU £15,000
- UCATT £2,500
- TSSA £5,000
- ASLEF £5,000
- GFTU £1,000
* Unite the Union also seconded a member of staff to Class for the year 2012/2013
More detailed information can be found in our Annual Report.