Historic events

24 October 2012

Orgreave 1984

Miners strike 1984-85 Police arrest Sheffield miner 19 April 1984 , photo Jacob Sutton

Members and supporters of the National Union of Mineworkers have drawn encouragement from the recent findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel

17 October 2012

Who was Malcolm X?

Malcolm X, 12 March 1964, Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection, Ed Ford, World Telegram staff photographer

"By any means necessary" - Malcolm X's expression of militant civil rights - is known worldwide by young people fighting against racism, writes Hugo Pierre, Tower Hamlets Socialist Party.

17 October 2012

Poll tax: When organised mass action defeated the Tories

Militant: Scrap the Poll Tax, photo Dave Sinclair

18 million refused to pay: The campaign against Thatcher's poll tax is an example of how a mass movement can defeat a government, writes Steve Score, former secretary, Leicestershire Anti-Poll Tax Federation.

17 October 2012

Liverpool 1983-87

Tony Mulhearn in front of one of the house built by Liverpool City Council in the 1980s, photo Harry Smith

Better to break the law than break the poor: As a lifelong Liverpool football supporter, I was delighted to read recently that Liverpool were top of the league, writes Tony Mulhearn, former Liverpool councillor and the then District Labour Party president.

15 October 2012

Upper Clyde Shipbuilders' dispute 1971-72

A prolonged battle to save Clydeside shipbuilding jobs began in 1971 and went on until October 1972. This 40th anniversary serves to remind us of a team of shop stewards who worked tirelessly, backed by the workforce and community, to save the shipyards on Clydeside.

26 September 2012

Belfast Outdoor Relief Strike 1932

Unemployment in the UK in the 1930s, photo Wikimedia Commons.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the heroic Outdoor Relief Strike in Belfast. This battle is an important example of workers' unity that has vital lessons on how sectarianism can be overcome

25 July 2012

1972: dockers face down the Tory government

"Britain came within inches of a general strike": "Arise Ye Workers" read the banner as five London dockers were carried shoulder high from Pentonville Prison in London, writes Roger Thomas.

18 April 2012

1932 - mass trespass won the right to roam

Mass Trespass won the right the roam

Battling for change: The latest crisis in capitalism has given rise to the 'Occupy' movement, a visible and youthful protest at the unequal ownership and distribution of wealth...

4 April 2012

100 years since Titanic tragedy

100 years since Titanic tragedy, cartoon by Suzanne Muna

Prestige and profits still put before safety: The sinking of the Titanic on 15 April 1912 during its maiden voyage, with the loss of over 1,500 lives, remains one of the worst peacetime maritime disasters...

21 March 2012

Fight or privatise: A tale of two councils

Liverpool's fighting 47: Councils across the country are currently setting their budgets. Whether Tory, Lib Dem or Labour, they all dutifully carry out the government's cuts...

10 February 2012

The battle of Saltley Gates

Forty years ago today, a miners' strike for a fairer pay system saw some of the biggest demonstrations of workers' power since World War Two. Heath's government was trying to enforce a pay restraint policy in the teeth of rising inflation, writes Bill Mullins

18 January 2012

1972 Derry - "this was murder"

Forty years ago, on Sunday 30 January 1972, members of the Parachute Regiment (the Paras) shot 27 unarmed civilians, (14 of whom died) on a protest through the barricaded Bogside area of Derry in Northern Ireland...

16 November 2011

The first shop stewards movement

Rent strike on Clydeside

The outbreak of World War One in August 1914 cut across the great industrial unrest which had been gathering pace since 1911...

9 November 2011

1935 - when angry Welsh protests forced a government u-turn

On 4 February 1935, Ceridwen Brown of Aberdare led an army of women, some carrying babies, to Merthyr Tydfil Unemployed Assistance Board (UAB) offices, writes Geoff Jones.

9 November 2011

1915 - How strikes and rent strikes won gains for Scottish tenants

In this article Sinead Daly from Socialist Party Scotland shows how working class families resisted rent rises and appalling housing conditions in Glasgow nearly 100 years ago...

19 October 2011

Hunger marches - When the unemployed fought back

"Why all this unrest? It seems in the rebound from the anxieties from the war, we are all trying to get something for nothing. We must not ask for the impossible" - Mayoress of Southport, 1922

12 October 2011

Battle of Cable Street 1936 - When workers stopped the fascists

Cable Street 1936: Anti-fascists defied repeated baton charges by police to stop the fascists marching through London's East End

This month marks the 75th anniversary of what has gone down in history as the Battle of Cable Street, writes Tony Aitman.

30 September 2011

Cable Street 1936 - Workers drove back the fascists

The events known as the Battle of Cable Street are presently being commemorated, to mark their 75th anniversary

28 September 2011

1911 - Bermondsey women's uprising

Women workers striking against povety wages at Pink's in Bermondsey in 1911, photo by TUC library collections

A century ago, women in the trade unions numbered only a few thousand. Many working class women worked in the most appalling conditions in sweatshops and were outside the trade unions' ranks...

21 September 2011

Poplar 1921: 'Better to break the law than break the poor'

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the struggle of councillors in Poplar, east London, against government cuts, writes Pete Dickenson.

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