Gregor Gall

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Gregor Gall (born 1967) is a British left-wing academic and writer. He was professor of industrial relations at the University of Bradford and before then professors of industrial relations at the University of Stirling and the University of Hertfordshire. He is now an affiliate research associate at the University of Glasgow. He researches and writes primarily about trade unions, and has a particular interest in the labour movement politics of Scotland – for example, he is working on a research project examining union leadership and the disproportionate contribution of Scots to the British-wide union movement at senior levels (like general secretaries).

He is author and editor of numerous academic books, and is also a politically engaged academic, whereby he has regularly contributed to the Morning Star, The Guardian's "Comment is free" website, the Frontline magazine, The Conversation, The Scotsman, The Huffington Post and a number of other media like the journal of the Aslef train drivers' Locomotive union. He also provides research and consultancy to a number of unions, particularly the Fire Brigades Union, and is a frequent commentator in the media on matters of unions and industrial conflict. He was also a correspondent for Planetlabor from 2009 to 2016.

Originally a member of Labour Students and the Labour Party, he ended his membership of these over the issue of the poll tax, then joining the Socialist Workers' Party (SWP) in 1990. He joined the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) in advance of the SWP joining en masse, leaving the SWP in 2004 after many years of growing disagreements. He has been a member of the editorial board of the Scottish Left Review since 2003,[1] is editor of its book arm, the Scottish Left Review Press, and has been the editor of the journal of the Scottish Labour History Society, called Scottish Labour History since 2008 (then since 2015 as joint editor with Jim Philips of the University of Glasgow). Following the resignation of Robin McAlpine as Director of the Jimmy Reid Foundation and Editor of the Scottish Left Review to concentrate on the Commonweal, Gregor has stepped in as Director and Editor. Gregor has been a member of the board of management of the Jimmy Reid Foundation since its inception. He has written a lengthy and detailed biography of Tommy Sheridan (Welsh Academic Press, 2012), and is working on a history of the SSP.

In late 2013, he published his contribution to the case for independence in Scotland entitled Scotland the brave? Independence and radical social change. The key arguments concerned not relying on the SNP and establishing a connection between the material grievances of ordinary citizens and the possibilities of higher standards of living and better life chances under independence as a result of rolling back the tentacles of neo-liberalism.

Following the sudden and unexpected death of RMT general secretary, Bob Crow, in March 2014, Gregor has written a political biography of him, examining what lessons can be learnt for the union movement from his style of leadership in espousing militant, oppositional politics. The biography was published by Manchester University Press in March 2017 on the third anniversary of his death. His next major project is a biography of Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services' (PCS) union, where Mark has agreed to co-operate in interviews for the biography.

Gregor's current contact details are to be found at the University of Glasgow [2]


As author
  • The Meaning of Militancy? Postal workers and industrial relations, 2003, Ashgate, ISBN 0-7546-1902-8, pp350.
  • The Political Economy of Scotland: Red Scotland? Radical Scotland?, 2005, University of Wales Press, ISBN 0-7083-1944-0, pp260.
  • Sex Worker Union Organizing: An International Study, 2006, Palgrave, ISBN 1-4039-4925-5, pp252.
  • Labour Unionism in the Financial Services Sector: struggling for rights and representation, Ashgate, 2008, pp212, ISBN 978-0-7546-4223-7
  • Tommy Sheridan: From Hero to Zero? A Political Biography, Welsh Academic Press, 2012, pp360, ISBN 978-1-86057-119-0.
  • An Agency of Their Own: sex worker union organising, Zero, 2012, pp97, ISBN 1846942543.
  • Scotland the brave? Independence and radical social change, Scottish Left Review Press, 2013, pp60, ISBN 9780955036262.
  • Sex worker unionisation: global developments, challenges and possibilities, Palgrave, 2016, pp240, ISBN 9781137320131.
  • Bob Crow – fighter, leader, socialist, Manchester University Press, 2017, ISBN 9781526100290.
  • Employment Relations in Financial Services: an exploration of the employee experience after the financial crash, Palgrave 2017, pp260 ISBN 9781137395399.
  • The Politics of Joe Strummer: resistance, rebellion and radicalism, Zero, 2019.
  • Scarlet Scotland – the paradox of radicalism, Welsh Academic Press, 2019.
As editor
  • Union Organising: campaigning for trade union recognition. Edited collection, 2003, Routledge, ISBN 0-415-26781-1, pp272.
  • Union Recognition: Organising and Bargaining Outcomes. Edited collection, 2006, Routledge, ISBN 0-415-34336-4, pp260.
  • Is there a Scottish Road to Socialism? 2007, Scottish Left Review Press, Glasgow, ISBN 978-0-9550362-2-4, pp137.
  • Union Revitalisation in Advanced Economies: assessing the contribution of ‘union organising’, Palgrave, 2009, ISBN 978-0-230-20439-3, pp240.
  • The Future of Union Organising – building for tomorrow, Palgrave, 2009, ISBN 978-0-230-22242-7, pp256.
  • New Forms and Expressions of Conflict at Work, Palgrave, 2013, ISBN 9780230300071, pp272.
  • Time to choose: is there a Scottish road to socialism? 2013, Scottish Left Review Press, Glasgow, second edition, pp196, ISBN 0955036259.
  • Is there a Scottish road to socialism? 2016, Scottish Left Review Press, Glasgow, third edition, ISBN 9780955036293.
  • The International Handbook of Labour, Work and Employment, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2018.
As co-editor
  • The International Handbook of Labour Unions: Responses to Neo-liberalism, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2011, ISBN 978 0 85793 882 4.
  • Global anti-unionism – nature, dynamics, trajectories and outcomes, Palgrave, 2013, ISBN 9780230303348.