Them and Us: Fighting the Class War 1910-1939

Them and Us: Fighting the Class War 1910-1939

John Newsinger

Language: English

Pages: 200

ISBN: 1909026581

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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Party (ILP), was suppressed for reporting Lloyd George’s humiliation and in early February a number of men were arrested, including John Maclean and three CWC members, among them Willie Gallacher. The CWC newspaper, The Worker, was banned. Maclean was eventually sent down for three years, Gallacher for one year and the others for shorter periods. The government followed this up by deporting nine leading stewards from the city, warning them that they faced imprisonment if they returned. The CWC,.

Shop stewards’ meeting was held in Salford with delegates from the Clyde, Barrow, Manchester, Birkenhead, Sheffield and London present. A national committee was elected with Arthur MacManus, one of the deportees now working in Birkenhead, as chair. One of the delegates was Jack Murphy from Sheffield. Meanwhile, the next crisis in engineering occurred in Sheffield at the Vickers plant where a skilled man, Leonard Hargreaves, had been conscripted in violation of agreements only made the previous.

Non-munitions work. Some 50 men were sacked and another 400 walked out on 13 March. As the dispute dragged on, it became clear that the government intended to end the exemption of skilled men and on top of that to extend “dilution” to all work. On 3 May, the whole Rochdale district walked out in solidarity with the Tweedales men. This dispute was to put the national shop stewards’ organisation to the test. On 5-6 May there had been another conference in Manchester but events bypassed it as the.

From joining TUC affiliated unions and changed the union political levy to “opting in” rather than “opting out”. This last was aimed at damaging the Labour Party and did indeed cut its income by up to a third. Nevertheless, ministers had no intention of destroying the trade unions but were rather concerned to ensure that “moderates”, the trade union right, were securely in control of seriously weakened unions. The Minister of Labour, Arthur Steel-Maitland, was adamant that what was needed was.

Response to the attempted imposition of a wage cut by the London General Omnibus Company with the connivance of TGWU officials in January 1932. Opposition to the cut spearheaded by the CP rank and file paper, Busman’s Punch, forced a company climb down. The following July the company announced the dismissal of 800 men and once again a campaign run through Busman’s Punch threatening strike action forced the company to back off. The union conceded the “speed-up”, however. By now a fully-fledged.

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