Union organising

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.

Student solidarity

Ed Maltby

On Wednesday 22 January, students in London have organised a “March on Senate House” to put pressure on the management of the University of London to grant the demands of the “3 Cosas” strikers (outsourced workers), and to support the pay claim of higher education workers in their national dispute.

How outsourced workers at the University of London lost their fear

An IWGB University of London branch officer

Outsourced cleaning, catering, and security workers at the University of London have been fighting for sick pay, holiday, and pension equality with directly-employed staff through the “Tres Cosas” (“Three Things”) campaign since they won the London Living Wage in 2012.