November 25, 2020
From Southampton Solfed (UK)

We’re running workplace organiser training in Southampton on Sunday 3rd November, from 10am to 6pm at October books, 189 Portswood Road, SO17 2NF. The Solidarity Federation workplace organiser training programme is designed to give workers the tools and confidence to organise in their workplaces, whether or not there’s an existing union. Even if you’ve had training from another union, you may find the direct action based approach we adopt offers a fresh perspective.

What does the training cover?

Whether you’ve got a union or not, join us for a workshop on how to create strong organisation in your workplace. Learn the basics of organising. Topics include:

· making contacts
· building a ‘shop committee’
· cross-union activity
· collectivising grievances
· workplace mapping
· types of direct action
· the basics of an anarcho-syndicalist approach
· role plays of one-on-ones, group meetings and confronting the boss!


The training is delivered by a one-day workshop lasting approximately 8 hours including breaks. Training materials including a 20-page handbook and ‘goodie bag’ are provided. You just need to bring a pen or pencil, a rough physical sketch of the layout of your workplace, and think of a small, local grievance affecting you and your workmates. The training is designed to incorporate your real-life work situation into some of the role plays to make it as realistic as possible and help tailor it to the trainees’ needs. The principles taught in this programme are based on successful organising work over the last decade in the UK and abroad, and the programme is constantly being adapted to incorporate the latest experiences of direct action organising.

What previous attendees have said:

“This is great! I can’t wait to start talking to my co-workers and get my organising committee up and running!”

“I’ve been a union rep for 15 years. I’ve learned most of these things in that time, but it makes so much sense to have it all collected all in one place.”

“I love the practical advice. Some of it’s so simple, but you don’t realise it until it’s there in front of you. I can’t wait to go apply it at work.”

The event is free but donations towards the cost of booking the space and running the training will be gratefully accepted.

Refreshments and lunch will be available, and again, donations gratefully accepted. Vegetarian and vegan options will be available: please let us know if you have any additional dietary requirements.


October Books is an accessible venue – if you need a ramp to access the shop please just drop us a message and we will make sure one is set up for you. If you have any other access needs, please let us know as soon as possible before the event and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

If you’re planning to come along, please make sure to book yourself in via Eventbrite so we know how many to expect for lunch: