The last issue of RMT News contained a useful pull-out on the historic 1919 railway strike. It captured some of the excitement of the action and its success in beating back pay cuts. The strikers and their supporters are heroes of our history and deserve to be remembered and honoured.
Trade union history
As 1919 began, working-class people in Britain and many other countries looked forward to leaving the Great War behind them and rebuilding their lives.
In this three-minute video, Janine introduces the momentous events of 1919.
Text of the George Lansbury Memorial Lecture, given on 16 November 2016 at Queen Mary University, London.
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.
An historical anecdote from the Clydeside General Strike of 1919 (pictured)
In George Square in Glasgow
Sixty thousand red rebels
are striking a scene
The sheriff takes stage
to proclaim the King's words
Required by the Riot Act
By Royal decree
clear the square in an hour
On pain of a pounding
of military power
Janine speaks at a fringe meeting at the National Education Union (NEU) conference. All welcome, whether you are attending the conference or not.
Venue: The Victory, 6 Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AH