TWO HISTORIC EVENTS IN ONE VENUE!
From 11am-2pm anyone can drop into the Working Class Movement Library (WCML) and listen to working class activists relating how they were inspired to get involved in making the world a better place. Included within the group of storytellers are some UNISON members talking about their personal journey into trade union activism and some ex-miners who took part in the great strike against Thatcher's evil plan to smash the trade union movement.
"There's something so captivating about having a personal story relayed to you, with all the details and enthusiasm that only experience can add" says Caroline Hunt, Community Learning Co-ordinator at the WCML "This event will bring the collection of the library to life, from voices of working class movements of past, present and future. It promises to be a fascinating day…"
25th ANNIVERSARY OF THE MINERS' STRIKE
Meanwhile, at 2:30pm, there's a meeting to discuss the fall out of the Miners' Strike, with speakers Paul Kelly, an ex-Agecroft Colliery miner, and Granville Williams, editor of Shafted: the Media, the Miners' Strike and the Aftermath, published this year by the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom. The book reflects on stuff like the role of the press and tv during the strike (impartial my arse!) and the role of the women who kept the strike going for as long as it did.
"We meet on the 21st November to remember how much we gained from the strike, not just how much we have lost in terms of our trade union and human rights" says Bernadette Hyland of the WCML "Please join us and bring with you your remembrances, both good and bad, of that traumatic year. We also hope that young people will come along to find out more about this historic event."
Both events are free and there will be refreshments available throughout the day.
Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent, Salford M5 4WX.
For further details phone: 0161-736-3601 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Agecroft Colliery and Power Station circa 1990 by Paul Jones