Category Archives: Socialism

From factory workers to care workers…

I wrote this article in 2014 and very little has changed for the poor women of east Manchester; whether elderly or working in the care sector. My mother is Irish but all the women I interviewed for this article were … Continue reading

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Book review; Bob Crow Socialist, Leader, Fighter by Gregor Gall

Bob Crow grew up on a council estate in the East End of London: his father was a docker and his mother was  a cleaner. He left school at 16 without any qualifications with dreams of becoming a professional footballer, … Continue reading

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Minutes of Manchester and Salford Women’s Trades Union Council 1903-1905

This is my fourth post about the Manchester and Salford Women’s Trade Union Council, and covers the years 1903-1905. By 1903 the Council was an established organisation which  individuals and organisations contacted,  not just for help with organising women into … Continue reading

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“We cannot go on as usual”: my review of “Freedom is a Constant Struggle” by Angela Y Davis.

“Pessimism of the Intellect and Optimism of the Will”. This phrase sums up how I feel about 2016. I came across this  quote in a brilliant book  Freedom is a Constant Struggle; Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement … Continue reading

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Minutes of Manchester and Salford Womens TUC 1900-1902

This is the third post about my work on the MSWTUC Transcription Project. From 1900 onwards  the MSWTUC changed in many ways. Up to this point it had been involved in organising women in laundries, bookbinding, shirtmaking, fancy box making, … Continue reading

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The chains of history connecting 1910 to 2016 : from Mary MacArthur and Mary Quaile to the Durham Teaching Assistants.

Last week,  when  speaking at a West Midlands Unison meeting for women about the life of Mary Quaile,  I was vividly reminded  of the power of women and the power of women in trade unions.  While the problems women face … Continue reading

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Book review; All in a Day’s Work: Working Lives and Trade Unions in West London 1945-1995, edited by David Welsh.

Reading this book reminds me of Brecht’s poem, “Questions From a Worker Who Reads” (1935).  It reminds us of our trade union history – the lives of women and men who, over the years in this country, have contributed to … Continue reading

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