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The battle of Saltley Gate – 1972 “Close the gates!”

On the fortieth anniversary of the Battle of Saltley Gate Norman Goodwin then a shop steward at GKN Salisbury Transmissions plant in Witton recounts his memories of the day when…

Building workers: The great strike of 1972

Summer 1972 saw over 300,000 builders workers launch their first truly national strike. Dave Stockton looks at how their victory not only raised wages, but unionised 11,000 workers, cut back…

The Jarrow March – for jobs and dignity

The Socialist Party organised Jarrow March ended in London in early November, inspired by the 1936 Jarrow crusade, Joy Macready and Dave Stockton look at the historical lessons and what…

May 1926: when workers stopped the country

AT A TIME when we are facing a major offensive on workers’ gains and the union movement, the 85th anniversary of the 1926 general strike is a good opportunity to…

Votes for Women: socialists and feminists in the suffrage movement

Workers Power 279 October 2003 One hundred years ago this month the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) was founded. The WSPU became the militant wing of a mass movement…

Sylvia Pankhurst and the east end suffragettes

Sylvia Pankhurst developed a very different view from her mother and older sister of how the vote for women could be achieved. Although she did not speak out against it,…

‘Tyrants, believe and tremble’ – the Chartist movement in Britain

The example of Chartism proves there is a revolutionary tradition in the British working class writes Stuart King ‘The era of Chartism is immortal in that over the course of…

The legacy of James Connolly

First published by the Irish Workers Group in 1990. This book presents a Marxist analysis of James Connolly, free from the distortions of Stalinism, nationalism and hagiography. It reveals the…

Building the Minority Movement in the 1920s

A theoretical supplement published by Workers Power newspaper in the 1980s that explains the role of the National Minority Movement built by Communists in the 1920s and its lessons for…

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