London Workers' Liberty is holding a meeting about the story and lessons of the strike on 21 October 2010.
Strikes and trade union history
Continuing the series on the life and times of Tom Mann
In 1887 Keir Hardie called the leaders of the trade union movement “holders of a fat, snug office, concerned only with maintaining the respectability of the cause.”
Down to the 1880s there was no “labour movement” [in Britain] in the continental sense at all. There were strong trade unions (of skilled workers), and these unions were politically-minded — but the only parties were the two ruling-class ones, the Tories and the Liberals.
Continuing a series on the life and times of Tom Mann with an account of the London dock strike of 1889.
Cathy Nugent continues a series on the life and times of Tom Mann
Paul Mason, author of Live working or die Fighting (Harvill Secker), spoke to Mark Osborn
Last night my father told me a story I had never heard before which I would certainly like to know more about. He was talking about his brother-in-law, who at the start of WW2 was in the fire service but was then called up and put as a Lieutenant in an unit designated as part of the Royal Engineers who worked on the Mulberry harbours which were moored off the coast of Normandy and served as the means to get supplies across.
Browsing Lansbury's Labour Weekly again, I found this article from June 27 1925. So, what do you reckon? Are union branches obsolete?