Local reports on the anti Poll Tax protest outside Brixton Prison in October 1990 in solidarity with prisoners from the recent Trafalgar Square demonstration which turned into a police riot on 31 March that same year.
Hundreds of people were set upon by police outside the prison in what many believed was retaliation for the events a few months ago Continue reading “Brixton Prison anti-Poll Tax protest [October 1990]”
Accounts of Lambeth’s efforts for solidarity with the miners strike Continue reading “Solidarity with the miners strike from Lambeth”
During a particularly frantic period of anti cuts activity in the early 1980s, Lambeth NALGO produced a series of anti cuts bulletins to mobilise members for action against the Thatcher government’s austerity agenda in her first term.
Continue reading “Lambeth NALGO anti-cuts bulletins (1980-81)”
In the early 1980s Lambeth NALGO produced a regular bulletin for staff at Lambeth Council called the Cutlet (after ‘the Lamb’).
The Cutlet was edited by Jackie Lewis, a local trade union stalwart who as of 2018 is still active at the Council on behalf of Lambeth UNISON. Continue reading “Lambeth NALGO bulletin – the Cutlet (1981-82)”
Council leader Ted Knight, Tony Benn MP and Jeremy Corbyn MP, speaking at a rally during the miners’ strike, held at Brixton Town Hall, 1985
The Long March is a play by the Sarmcol Workers’ Cooperative, performed in both Zulu and English, about the 970 striking workers in South Africa in 1985 who were all fired by BTR, a British multinational corporation. They worked at Sarmcol, a rubber company owned by BTR. The play is based on the experiences of the workers involved, forming a union, campaigning for their rights and what happened when they were all sacked 3 days into the strike.
The Long March toured Britain in 1987 and was performed to a packed crowd in Brixton on 1 November.
You can read more about the Sarmcol strike and the workers’ cooperative that was established during the dispute here http://www.sahistory.org.za/archive/the-great-sarmcol-strike
The dispute was finally settled in 1998 when Sarmcol/BTR agreed to pay R11,7m in compensation to the 970 workers they sacked in 1985.
You can read the very informative programme for the play here The Long March