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 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.
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.