Commemorating the strikes of 1912 meeting On 23 May, the Jewish Socialists’ Group held a meeting in the library of the Bishopsgate Institute to discuss the history and continuing relevance of the 1912 tailor’s strike, inspired by Rudolf Rocker. The meeting covered the history of unionism in the East End, including the Docks, the history of the rag trade and sweatshops, the strike in 1912 and what it can teach the contemporary trade union movement. The meeting was chaired by David Rosenberg of the Jewish Socialists and included talks by Ben Gidley, senior researcher at Compas at Oxford University working on East End Jewish radical history, and Donnacha DeLong, President of the National Union of Journalists.
File 1: David Rosenberg opens the meeting
File 2: Ben Gidley talks about the history of the unions in East London and the history of the rag trade
File 3: Donnacha DeLong talks about the broader context of the strike and its relevance for contemporary trade unionism
File 4: Audience Q&A
UPDATE: Versions of mine and Donnacha’s talks have since been published in Jewish Socialist magazine.