Established in 2001, Trademark is the anti-sectarian unit of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) dedicated to challenging inequality through community and workplace interventions, education and research on a range of themes including peace-building, community relations and political economy.
For almost three decades Trademark and its predecessor, Counteract, have been at the forefront of efforts to provide a trade-union based analysis of and response to the constitutional, political, economic and conflict-related challenges facing Northern Ireland. From our base on the Falls/Shankill interface in West Belfast, Trademark operates on an all-island basis and is proactive in encouraging various constituencies – public agencies, political parties, trade unions, interface communities, migrant workers and minority ethnic communities, ex-prisoners – to engage in dialogue around the constitutional question and the possibilities for building a better social and economic future in Ireland.
From its inception Trademark has functioned as a roving community and workers’ college, delivering core trade union education in addition to bespoke political economy programmes developed in the wake of the 2007/08 financial crisis. We have been working consistently to embed radical political education in the Irish and British trade union movements, with the aim of ‘growing’ a cohort of trade union activists that are equipped with the tools to understand, analyse and critique the system as well as advance progressive alternatives. We see education linked to organising and
We also work closely with trade union, grassroots civil society and left political actors across Europe to promote alternative economic and political strategies.