Taking the Gloves Off – A Festival of Song, Theatre and Debate for a Better World

On Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June, Birmingham Trades Union Council and Banner Theatre present Taking The Gloves Off. You can view and download the (folding) flyer by clicking here for the PDF

2012 is the 40th anniversary of the historic working class victory of Saltley Gate, closing the huge Saltley coke depot and helping win the 1972 strike for the miners.

At a time of unprecedented attacks on our living standards and welfare state, Taking the Gloves Off looks at key battles and victories of the past – not in nostalgia but seeking ideas for winning a better world for the future.

In 1972 the Tory government introduced the Industrial Relations Act aiming to make workers pay for the crisis of capitalism. Resistance followed. The miners, with solidarity from 30,000 Birmingham engineers striking in support, broke the wage restraint and put the Tory government on the defensive. Now more than ever we need to learn lessons on how to win.

Taking the GLOVES OFF!

  • What relevance is the 1972 labour movement victory at Saltley to the campaigns against the government’s austerity programme?
  • How do students develop successful strategies for gaining free education for all?
  • How do community activists expose and defeat the tax dodging strategies of the rich?
  • How do workers build trade unions with strong grassroots energy and democratic control?

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Banner Theatre presents: The Battle of Saltley Gate

“All you could hear was close the gates, close the gates, close the gates, on and on and on..” – Don Perrygrove , car worker.

Dave Rogers and Fred Wisdom tell the story of Saltley Gate – a key battle in the 1972 miners’ strike – in song, music and cabaret.
Based on extensive interviews with miners, car workers and factory workers recorded by Banner in 1972 and in 2012, this multi-media production connects a key trade union battle to the major struggles of today.

“We need Banner’s inspiring pro-union productions to raise awareness and challenge the myths propagated by the corporate media.” Mark Serwotka, General Secretary, PCS union.

The Battle of Saltley Gate
Friday 22nd June, 7.30pm

Birmingham Trade Union Education Centre,
Floodgate St, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SU
Tickets £8 (or £4 conc) on the door
Call Banner Theatre on 0121 551 7216 for advance bookings.


Remembering where we’ve been…

What tactics and strategies were (and were not) successful in the heady days of 1970s trade unionism – Saltley Gate, the UCS occupation, the Pentonville Five, car workers, and the 1972 building workers strike?
What are the practical lessons for our class to take into today’s struggles such as the sparks dispute and defence of pensions? How can they be applied in today’s conditions?
Plus guest speaker from Greece

Civil disobedience today…

Even union general secretaries and MPs know that direct action works.
Solidarity and diversity of tactics get the goods, from the docks of Oakland to the students of Glasgow University’s victorious Hetherington occupation.
Plus guest speaker from Egypt Mostafa Bassiouny, journalist from Al-Tahrir newspaper

• Video footage
• Firsthand accounts
• Sharing Experiences
• What next…

Saturday 23rd June 2012, 11am – 5pm
Unite HQ, 211 Broad Street, B15 1AY
£5/£3 conc or £10/£6 conc with Friday night



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3 responses to “Taking the Gloves Off – A Festival of Song, Theatre and Debate for a Better World

  1. Pingback: Birmingham Trades Council » Taking the Gloves Off – A Festival of Song, Theatre and Debate for a Better World

  2. Reblogged this on Gogwit's Blog and commented:
    Sounds like a good event…

  3. Pingback: Speakers Confirmed for Friday’s Saltley Gate Event | Birmingham Against The Cuts

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