30th november london reading group: the first shop stewards’ movement

The next of our London discussion meetings on trade union theory and workplace organising takes place from 7pm on Monday 30th November at the Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, near Old Street.

The subject of the meeting is the shop stewards’ movement which emerged in Britain in the years following World War I. See questions framing the discussion, and recommended reading, below. All welcome, email uncaptiveminds@gmail.com for more details.

– How did the shop stewards’ movement come about in 1915-20?

– What lessons had they learnt from syndicalism and the guild socialists?

– How did workers assert their control in the workplace?

GDH Cole – Workshop Organisation, Chapter 10: The Aim Of The Workplace Committees

WM Gallacher and JR Campbell – Direct Action

JT Murphy – The Workers’ Committee, an Outline of Its Principles and Structure

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