Trade union issues

The inspirational Jayaben Desai and Grunwick Strikers

27 February, 2014 - 18:00

Trent House, 1-2 Leazes Lane, Newcastle, NE1 4QT


Film Showing and discussion: The Grunwick dispute, 1976-8, was important in the history of the British labour movement; at its height it involved, for the first time, white, mainly male trade unionists showing solidarity with South Asian women workers who were organising for the first time. All welcome - 07740099479 - -

Teamster Rebellion: a reading group

Repeats every week until Wed Mar 19 2014 .
12 February, 2014 - 18:30 - 20:30
19 February, 2014 - 18:30 - 20:30
26 February, 2014 - 18:30 - 20:30
5 March, 2014 - 18:30 - 20:30
12 March, 2014 - 18:30 - 20:30
19 March, 2014 - 18:30 - 20:30

University of London Union, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY


In 1934, truck drivers (“teamsters”) in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA, struck for shorter hours, pay increases, overtime pay, and other demands. The mass strike was the result of a sustained unionisation drive, led by revolutionary socialists. The 1934 strike brought rank-and-file teamsters into direct confrontation with the bosses, the state, and the union officials, with parts of Minneapolis effectively brought under workers’ control.

The strike is rich with lessons for how workers can organise and build power.

Farrell Dobbs, a participant in the strike and Trotskyist activist, documented his experiences in Teamster Rebellion. A group of student and workers’ movement activists are coming together to read the book collectively, and discuss what we can learn from it.

The first session will introduce the book and the themes of the course, and discussion of the book will begin in week two.

The reading group is organised by members of Workers’ Liberty, and is open to anyone who wants to learn about working-class history and how we can build workers’ power today.

• Facebook event here.
• Download a leaflet for the group here.
• We will be using a Workers' Liberty study guide to help us work through the book and discuss the issues in it. Download a copy here.

Tres Cosas strikers win

Ira Berkovic

Outsourced workers at Uni of London have won sick pay and holiday terms of very-near equivalence with directly-employed staff after a long campaign and a two-day strike (27 and 28 November 2013).

Massive victory for 3 Cosas campaign, workers' self-organisation, and militant industrial action. Two demands down, one to go (plus union recognition)!

Tres Cosas campaign blog

Photos and reports from the strikes.