There will be a panel of Saltley Gate Veterans and 2 radical journalists, from Egypt and Greece. The event continues on the Saturday with workshops and discussions. For full details, click here
Banner Theatre: “The Battle of Saltley Gate” (1972) + Panel Discussion
£8/£4 on the door, 7.30 pm South Birmingham College, Digbeth
Support acts : North Stoke Miners’ Wives performing group + Sean Taylor
(Info and tickets also available for “Taking the Gloves Off” discussions / workshops, all day Saturday 23rd.)
Full line up of confirmed panellists
Colin Fitzer was working in the trim shop at Rover Solihull in 1972 & was Union Branch Secretary. He was present at Saltley Gate in 1972
Bob Whiskens was working at Rover (Tyseley) in ’72. At 21 he was then one of youngest stewards in the motor industry. He was Shop steward and later was Convenor for all engineering stewards at Rover.
George Gordon was a Shop Steward at BSA in Birmingham in 1972, and was part of the mass action at Saltley Gate
Norman Goodwin was a Shop Steward at GKN Transmissions, Witton in 1972. and led a contingent of workers to Saltley Gate.
Mostafa Bassiouny, (Egypt) is a senior journalist on Al-Tahrir newspaper, Egypt. He is a well-known labour correspondent, and has covered developments in the Egyptian workers’ movement for several different publications since the beginning of the anti Mubarak movement from 2006. Al-Tahrir newspaper is an independent daily paper which played an important role in proving and publicising military attacks on demonstrators in Tahrir Square in December, which the military had denied.
Georgia Mylonaki (Greece ) was recently elected to the worker’s committee of the newspaper “Eleftherotypia”, currently on strike for several months. She has been a journalist since 1999, working in the night shift at Eleftherotypia. She is a member of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Greece and an active member of the Greek Solidarity Association to the Palestinian People. She has visited Palestine, Egypt and Lebanon as a solidarity activist.
Charlie McLaren worked as a miner at Florence Colliery (Stoke on Trent) from 1954. In 1972 he was a member of the local NUM Branch Committee. He later won a Union scholarship to Ruskin College, after which he was black-listed by Florence. After the 1984 strike he was victimised and sacked, despite winning a tribunal appeal. He has since taught Trade Union Studies, in Stoke on Trent
Jim Dowling was a mining Electrician at Hemheath Colliery. He was elected onto the NUM Power Group Branch Committee, and later a member of the NUM National Executive.
Dave Douglass was an NUM branch official at Hatfield Main Colliery, Doncaster for 25 years. He was a member of the Yorkshire area Executive and Vice-Chair South Yorkshire NUM. A writer for the miners website http://www.minersadvice.co.uk, he is a mining historian and author. Member of the NUM for 48 years and currently also a Member of the IWW.
The panel discussion will not only a look back at Saltley Gate, 1972, but also look forward to what is happening now and what is to come in 2012/13 and beyond…..