The Great 1912 Tailors’ Strike public meeting
May 23, 2012 19:00Tagged as: culture social_struggles solidarity workers_struggles
Library, Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate EC2M 4QH
Jewish Socialists' Group presents:
Wednesday 23rd May 7-9pm
UNITED AGAINST SWEATSHOP SLAVERY
THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREAT 1912 TAILORS' STRIKE
Speakers: Ben Gidley, Donnacha DeLong
In April 1912 a strike started among West End tailors and soon afterwards, in May, thousands of immigrant Jewish East End tailors came out to support them and to challenge the whole sweatshop system. Dockers in the East End were on strike too for better conditions, and tailors and dockers held joint strike meetings. How did the strike begin and end? Who organised it and how? What was the role of Rudolph Rocker and the anarchists? How did they maximise wider community support? What can we learn from this strike that is relevant to today's struggles100 years on?
Come along to the meeting and find out!
Ben Gidley is a senior researcher at Compas at Oxford University working on East End Jewish radical history.
Donnacha DeLong is the President of the National Union of Journalists
Please note that the meeting begins at 7pm sharp