our communist discussion forum uncaptive minds begins with a series of discussions on class struggle in the 1970s, a decade which saw a wave of working-class militancy in britain and the rest of europe.
we will be debating the ideas developed by the workers’ movement of the era, its methods of organising, why it failed and the lessons for today. our guest speakers include participants in the battles of the time, car workers, leading trade union activists, revolutionaries and marxist intellectuals, and scholars who are studying the period.
provisional timetable (all dates are mondays, start time 6:30pm)
1st september: the upsurge 1968-74, with sheila cohen, author of ramparts of resistance and george shaw, a former car worker and former member of solidarity.
15th september: women in struggle. discussion of the 20,000-strong leeds clothing workers’ strike of 1970, reinventing the flying picket before miners and building workers picked up the idea. with liz leicester.
29th september: the debates on workers’ control. with david broder and ian macdonald.
13th october: insurrection at work. the industrial struggle in england and italy.
27th october: new methods of organising. a critical comparison of the unions with anton moctonian.
10th november: the ‘alternative economic strategy’ and its alternatives.
24th november: the great grunwick strike. film and discussion with pete firmin from brent trades council
8th december: where did it all go? with joe marino, general secretary of the bakers’ union
the venue is in central london. email email@example.com to register your interest and get more information.