Swindon Trade Union Council is organising activities to commemorate the role played by the workers of Swindon during the nine day long General Strike of 1926.
On Saturday 7 May 2016, trade union activists, others in the Labour Movement, local history enthusiasts and members of the local community will assemble at 12 noon at Central Community Centre (Emlyn Square, Swindon, SN1 5BP) for a march to re-enact and commemorate the large marches that took place in Swindon in 1926 to support the strike.
Edwardian dress is encouraged, but not compulsory. Union branches, trades councils, and community groups are very welcome to bring their banners for the march.
After the march, there will be a buffet at the community centre, followed by a presentation to local schools who have been completing lessons and pieces of work around the general strike, plus talks from South West TUC’s Nigel Costley and others on the history of the strike locally and nationally. The event will finish by 3pm.
Jon Timbrell, Swindon TUC Secretary said “The Trades Union Council has been bursting with ideas recently, and a number of trade union branches in the town have asked for information on affiliation. The Trades Union Council wants to support trade union members in dispute, organise social events, such as our General Strike event and our third Radical Book Fair to be held in September.
“As well as fighting for decent wages and conditions for workers in the here and now, we want to celebrate the heritage of our town and pay respects to previous generations of Trade Unionists who fought for and won what rights we currently have at work”.
The Trades Union Council is also active outside the Town, Nikki Dancey will represent the Swindon TUC at the Annual South West Region TUC in April, and many members will be at the Tolpuddle Festival in July, to remember and celebrate the six Dorset agricultural labourers who were transported to penal colonies, simply for forming a local trade union. Anything between 10,000 and 20,000 trade unionists will turn up for this family event.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Swindon TUC at firstname.lastname@example.org