Ralph Darlington is Professor of Employment Relations at Salford Business School, University of Salford. His main research is concerned with the dynamics of trade union organisation, activity and consciousness in Britain and internationally within both contemporary and historical settings. Ralph has authored, co-authored and edited six books, including The Dynamics of Workplace Unionism (1994), The Political Trajectory of J.T. Murphy (1998), Glorious Summer: Class Struggle, 1972 (2001), Syndicalism and the Transition to Communism: An International Comparative Analysis (2008), What’s the Point of Industrial Relations?: In Defence of Critical Social Science (2009), and Radical Unionism (2013). He is an executive member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA), executive board member of the International Association of Strikes and Social Conflict, and secretary of the Manchester Industrial Relations Society.