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Rank-and-file organising in the upturn: the industrial strategy of the International Socialists in the UK, 1967-74

sydney
melbourne
brisbane

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The late 1960s and early 70s saw an enormous industrial upsurge of the working class in Britain. Teachers, dock workers, hospital workers and construction workers engaged in mass strikes, and a coal miners' strike toppled the conservative government in 1974. An important role was played in these struggles by a series of rank-and-file groups launched by the International Socialists, a revolutionary group of a few thousand members. Socialist Alternative industrial organiser Jerome Small has done extensive research on these rank-and-file groups. This session will bring the period to life, looking at rank-and-file newspapers and footage from the period, as well as analysing the strengths and limitations of the "rank-and-file strategy" of the IS at this time.

Recommended Reading

White Collar Workersin International Socialismby Duncan Hallas
1974 Nurses Dispute -- Hospital Worker in International Socialismby Steve Ludlum
Linwood 1975: One Year in a Car Factoryin International Socialismby Peter Bain
The Rank-and-File Movement Todayin International Socialismby Alex Callinicos
The rank and file and the trade union bureaucracyin International Socialismby Ralph Darlington
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