Historic events

25 June 2014

When Thatcher unleashed her attack dogs

30th anniversary of the miners' strike: Members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) during their year-long (1984-85) battle against pit closures and mass redundancies faced the full might of the state from the Tory Thatcher government

11 June 2014

Tiananmen Square 1989

Counter-revolution crushes democracy movement: On 3 to 4 June 1989, Deng Xiaoping and other aged leaders of China's so-called 'communist' party, ordered 200,000 troops to crush a two-month long movement of workers and students against bureaucratic rule and for workers' democracy

11 June 2014

The battle of Orgreave

30th anniversary of the historic miners' strike: On Saturday 14 June 2014 there will be a celebration of struggle and resistance marking the 30th anniversary of the great miners' strike

7 April 2014

30 years ago: The Broad Left Organising Committee's huge impact

30 years ago a national conference took place in Sheffield organised by BLOC. The meeting coincided with the start of the miners' strike in March 1984, writes Bill Mullins

2 April 2014

London: Quinn Square Rent Strike 1938

The East End battle against high rents and slum conditions The women's poster demonstration was the first the locals in Bethnal Green in London's East End knew about their rent strike. Quinn Square was a slum.

2 April 2014

The truth about the miners' strike

Miners' children: A future job - that's all we ask, photo John Birdsall

From the 1970s on, Tory politicians meticulously and ruthlessly prepared an offensive to try to vanquish the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and ultimately trade unionism

13 March 2014

The horror that was World War One

House clearing recently, I found a will written by hand by my grandfather dated 28 June 1916, three days before the Battle of the Somme, writes Pete Watson.

22 January 2014

Leeds' forgotten dispute: The 1913-14 Corporation Strike

During the 1911-14 Great Unrest many strikes took place in and around Leeds, including the lockout of textile workers in Aireborough

31 December 2013

European Revolutionaries and Algerian Independence, 1954 - 1962

Letter sent by Keith Dickinson to "Revolutionary History", 11 August 2013

4 September 2013

1993: BNP racists forced off Brick Lane

Tower Hamlets school students striking on 9 March 1994 against racist attacks, photo by Andy walker

Twenty years ago, on Sunday 19 September 1993, 1,000 people gathered on Brick Lane in Tower Hamlets, east London, to stop the racist, far-right British National Party (BNP) from having its regular paper sale.

19 August 2013

Peterloo remembered in verse

On 16 August 1819, 20 workers were killed and 500 injured at St Peter's field in Manchester.

10 July 2013

Piper Alpha: The price of profit -167 workers' lives

Piper-Alpha disaster - cartoon by Alan Hardman

Twenty five years ago, on 6 July 1988, the Piper Alpha North Sea oil platform was destroyed by a massive explosion and fire which killed 167 workers, writes Philip Stott, Socialist Party Scotland.

26 June 2013

Lessons for today from an anti-poll tax bailiff buster

During the mighty anti-poll tax campaign I was a Bailiff Buster. In Gateshead most of us were feisty woman who were determined not to let any bailiff get past us - and they never did!, writes Elaine Brunskill, Newcastle Socialist Party.

28 May 2013

Audio: Liverpool - a city that dared to fight - Peter Taaffe

Interview with Peter Taaffe on Militant, the Labour Party and the struggle of the socialist led council 1983-87 in Liverpool.

15 May 2013

When mass action defeated Thatcher's poll tax

Poll Tax demonstration March 1990

Launching the battle in Scotland: Margaret Thatcher was dubbed the Iron Lady. She wore this description with pride as, like her successors today, she ruthlessly tried to solve British capitalism's difficulties by launching brutal attacks...

15 May 2013

Yeadon Mill strike 1913

Striking back at greedy bosses: One hundred years ago, mill workers in Yeadon and Guiseley, West Yorkshire, took heroic strike action over pay and working hours, writes Iain Dalton, Yorkshire Socialist Party.

13 March 2013

Three decades on: We want the truth about Orgreave

Miners' strike 1984-85, photo Dave Sinclair

Over the last few months, the endemic corruption of South Yorkshire police during the 1980s has been exposed by the revelations surrounding the cover-up of the Hillsborough disaster. The chair of the recently launched Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, Barbara Jackson, spoke to the Socialist..

13 March 2013

Are you sick of your boss? Join the campaign!

The 'Sick of Your Boss' initiative by Youth Fight for Jobs aims to win decent jobs, pay and working conditions for young workers as part of rebuilding a fighting democratic trade union movement

27 February 2013

45 years since the Ford Dagenham strike: women workers still fighting for decent pay

The marvellous victory of the women factory workers in the machine shop at Ford Dagenham rings as loudly today as it did 45 years ago, writes Linda Taaffe, National Shop Stewards Network.

14 November 2012

Che Guevara - Symbol of fashion or symbol of struggle?

Che Guevara, photo Alberto Korda

Ernesto 'Che' Guevara is perhaps the most recognisable revolutionary icon, his image having graced countless posters and t-shirts, writes Tom Baldwin, South West Socialist Party.


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