Trade union history

International Women's Day: Past, Present and Future

Written for International Women's Day 2007:

March 8th each year is International Women’s Day. It is celebrated across the globe, and is a day for campaigners to draw attention to women’s continued second-class citizenship and need for equality. However, it is also celebrated by the very same governments and corporations that contribute to women’s unequal rights.

31 January 1919: Reading the Riot Act

Battle of George Square, 1919

An historical anecdote from the Clydeside General Strike of 1919 (pictured)

 

In George Square in Glasgow
in Nineteen-nineteen
Sixty thousand red rebels
are striking a scene

The sheriff takes stage
to proclaim the King's words
Required by the Riot Act
order: Disperse!

By Royal decree
clear the square in an hour
On pain of a pounding
of military power

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