David is a trade unionist from the United Kingdom currently writing his doctoral thesis in Germany. As a trade unionist, he has organized workers in a number of industries, including construction, retail and logistics, in three countries. He is currently a member of the United Service Workers Union (ver.di) and the Industrial Metalworkers Union (IG Metall) in Germany. In Germany, he has established a works council in a small company, served in it, and assisted other works councils in the metal industry. His current research, funded by the Hans Boeckler Foundation, focuses on the means by which trade unions can convert existing firms to employee ownership, and the benefits to the workers and the union in terms of increased power resources which result from this strategy.