Affiliated Trade Unions

The Labour Party was formed out of the trade union movement to give working people their own political voice. The link from the workplace to the party through the affiliated trade unions is what makes it unique to this day. This link is more important than ever as we work together to tackle the urgent problems we face as a country, from stagnating wages to failing public services.

The below trade unions are affiliated to Manchester Central Labour. For more information or to receive updates, visit or find out why you should join a trade union today.


Industries in and around steel, metal and textile communities

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For general workers in public and private sectors


Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers – retail, distributive and related industries


The public service union for all those providing services to the public whether employed in the public, private or voluntary sectors


For general workers in the public and private sectors

I am proud of the link between trade unions and the Labour Party — it is not just a historic link, it’s what makes Labour succeed. Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn

Socialist Societies

There are many socialist societies affiliated to Manchester Central Labour, all with a unique perspective and all fighting for a fairer Britain. Explore the societies and see how you can get involved.

Labour Party Irish Society

A collective body of Labour Party members of Irish birth or descent, and those interested in Ireland and Irish affairs.

Jewish Labour Movement

One of the oldest socialist societies affiliated to the Labour Party in the UK, JLM campaigns within the party and the wider community to support labour values within the UK, Israel and Internationally.

Labour Campaign for International Development

Labour Campaign for International Development is a group for all those committed to a world without poverty & injustice.

LGBT+ Labour

LGBT+ Labour has a long and proud history of campaigning for and defending LGBT+ rights for over 40 years. LGBT+ Labour exists to strengthen the Labour Party’s commitment and action on LGBT+ struggles from the inside, and to give the UK the Labour government it deserves to ensure that this country works for the many, not the few.

Labour Movement for Europe

The Labour Movement for Europe aims to improve and broaden the understanding of the European Union and its potential throughout the wider Labour movement and the United Kingdom. It is the home of the pro-Europeans in the Labour and trade union movement.

Socialist Educational Association

SEA aims to to promote a comprehensive, non-selective education service, based on equality of opportunity and life-long access to excellent provision, within which compulsory education is free, well resourced and organised within a local democratic framework.

Socialist Health Association

The Socialist Health Association promotes health and well-being and the eradication of inequalities through the application of socialist principles to society and government through collective rather than individual action.

The Labour Representation Committee (LRC) did not officially adopt the title the Labour Party until 1906
The Labour Representation Committee (LRC) did not officially adopt the title the Labour Party until 1906
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