Why has commemoration tended to deprive the Tolpuddle martyrs of their political acumen and capable militancy? To coincide with the annual Tolpuddle Martyr’s Festival, Tom Scriven explores omissions from the ‘martyrdom narrative’ of the six Dorchester labourers who are at the centre of these events.
Tag: Trade Unionism
What was the link between the famous Dunnes Store strike in Ireland and the anti-apartheid movement? Pádraig Durnin delves into a history of transnational solidarity and local trade unionism.
How are decisions made in a union? Jack Saunders looks at workplace organisation in the NHS and the motor industry in the post-war period, and offers lessons for the present day.
Stephen Williams recounts the 1981 Peasants’ Revolt on Blackheath in South London, galvanising the left’s resistance to a Tory majority and commemorating the 1381 march.
While trade unionism had long been dominated by the voices and experiences of men, an 1875 strike in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire was different.