Book Of The Month

Tutors on Unite education courses often get asked what books they would recommend reading. As a result we have decided to  launch a book – or books – of the month service for Unite members. The subjects chosen will be very varied and will include politics, sport, social and labour history and economics. There will be a review of each book and details of how readers can obtain copies. View the books reviewed so far

Unite education is also going to be publishing some of its own books on famous figures and successful struggles from the union’s past including Jack Jones, Tom Jones, the birth of the NHS and the dock strikes of 1889 and 1972.

Unite members who would like to see a particular book reviewed – or would like to do a review – should get in touch. If you are a Unite member who has had a book published please also get in touch.

BOOKS WRITTEN BY UNITE MEMBERS – here you can read reviews of books authored by Unite members past & present.

More details from author and journalist Mark Metcalf on 07952 801783 or at  
Mark’s latest book is ‘The Origins of the Football League: The first season 1888/89.

Unite Education: TOM JONES – a fighter for freedom and working people
Spanish Civil War volunteer and Welsh TGWU general secretary

Tom Jones booklet cov

This is the first in a series of downloadable and printed short books on great men and women who feature prominently in the history of UNITE and its predecessor unions. We hope these histories will provide fascinating reading and inspire the current and future generations of trade unionists to take up the struggle on behalf of working people as there is certainly a lot to fight for.

Tom Jones was a remarkable man who as a miner actively participated in the 1926 General Strike before joining thousands from Britain and Ireland who bravely took up arms in the 1930s on behalf of the Spanish Republic in a battle to defend democracy and crush fascism. He remarkably survived being executed, a death sentence and years in prison before returning to Britain after a successful labour movement campaign to secure his release.

Serious injuries prevented him taking up arms to fight fascism in the Second World War. He became active at work in the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) and was to be appointed as a regional organiser in North Wales and for parts of Merseyside. He later became the first TGWU all-Wales Regional Secretary.

A very bright and friendly man, Tom campaigned to bring industries and work to Wales. By recruiting and organising thousands of workers he helped ensure decent pay and conditions across many industries. As a labour movement activist he sought to extend support for the unemployed and those unable to work because of ill health or old age.

Towards the end of his working life, Tom played a prominent role in the development of the Wales Trades Union Council.


If you would want a printed copy of this booklet please contact your regional office or contact UNITE education at


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