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Warrington Socialist Party: The battle of Winwick Quay
Warrington & the Messenger dispute
- A hidden chapter in the history of workers' struggle in Warrington
Wednesday 6th December 2017, 7.30-9pm
Methodist Mission, 4 Palmyra Square North, Warrington WA1 1JQ (Venue entrance is on Bold Street, just off Palmyra Square North)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/308664582962848/
Graham Brinksman from Warrington Trades Union Council was active at the time of the dispute, has written about it since, and will introduce the discussion.
The NGA print union strike at the Stockport Messenger, owned by Eddie Shah, was to stop the company breaking the industry-wide closed shop. In July 1983, six NGA members took strike action and were sacked. Paramilitary style policing was used against mass picketing. The eventual victory of Shah over the print union prepared the way for the attacks on the rest of the printers, the miners, and so on. We will look back at what happened, how a defeat for the workers could have been averted, and what we can learn for struggle today.