Nothing will ever efface for me the memory of my first real strike - on the Salford docks - the first time I saw my class acting as a surging, uncontrolled force breaking the banks of routine capitali
Strikes and trade union history
Readings from Genora Johnson Dollinger, Leon Trotsky, and Antonio Gramsci. See also:
Notes on the readings:
Part One: History and background
The occupation of their workplace by working people is certainly dramatic but it is not a new tactic of trade union struggle.
In October 1908 industrial workers who were union-sponsored students at Ruskin College in Oxford founded what they called the League of the “Plebs”. Former students who had returned to their jobs as miners, railwayworkers, textile workers and engineers, supported them.
London Workers' Liberty is holding a meeting about the story and lessons of the strike on 21 October 2010.
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.