Ben Tillett ~ Working class friend or foe?
on Monday 26 Mar 2012
type: Event Notice
event time: Sunday 01 Apr 2012 13:00
Ben Tillett ~ Working class friend or foe? A talk and discussion led by
To launch Bristol Radical History Group's new pamphlet, "Ben Tillett"
this talk will cover the life and work of this Bristol-born, Trade Union
leader. Tillett was the fiery and outspoken leader of numerous dock
strikes from 1888 to 1914 in Bristol, London, Hull and elsewhere.
However, by the outbreak of the First World War he, along with many
union and Labour Party leaders, had become an open class collaborator
and a recruiting sergeant within the working class for the bloody war in
This talk will also highlight how the Victorian and Edwardian employing
class co-ordinated their combating the rise of mass trade unionism by
organising blackleg labour that was protected by both the police and the
military. In the light of recent class struggles such as the miners and
the printers at Wapping then there are lessons to be learned as to what
kind of leadership we want to elect to lead such struggles.
So come prepared for a discussion as well as buying this new BRHG