Notoriously Militant: The Story of a Militant Branch

Author(s): COHEN, Sheila
ISBN13/Barcode: 9780850366457
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Notoriously Militant, which takes as its title a tabloid journalist’s verdict on the branch, covers the history of Ford’s Dagenham plant – and its roots in Henry Ford’s early US activities – from 20th-century shop-floor struggles to the 21st-century fight against plant closure. Based on original research and oral history, Notoriously Militant offers a primer for activists and analysts on the confrontation between worker militancy and the rigours of “Fordism”.

This book is a lively popular history looking at -
• Working-class history as made daily by so-called “ordinary” workers
• Crucial questions of direct democracy and membership participation which can offer highly relevant lessons for today’s activists and strategists
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In 1946, after a series of stormy strikes and a mass occupation at Ford’s plant in Dagenham, Essex, thousands of workers came together in a new branch of the Transport and General Workers Union. Later, in the early 1980s, a band of dedicated workplace activists brought branch 1/1107 to explosive life with support for working-class causes from equal opportunities to the stunningly effective boycott of parts for South Africa. Notoriously Militant, which takes as its title a tabloid journalist’s verdict on the branch, covers the history of Ford’s Dagenham plant – and its roots in Henry Ford’s early US activities – from 20th-century shop-floor struggles to the 21st-century fight against plant closure. Based on original research and oral history, Notoriously Militant offers a primer for activists and analysts on the confrontation between worker militancy and the rigours of “Fordism”. This book is a lively popular history looking at - • Working-class history as made daily by so-called “ordinary” workers • Crucial questions of direct democracy and membership participation which can offer highly relevant lessons for today’s activists and strategists • Links between basic workplace struggles and – potentially – revolutionary conflict • The pressures towards “co-operation” between union and management – and the consequences • The interweaving of gender and ethnicity issues with the class-based structures of a major industrial workplace. • More than a history of structures – a lively popular history!

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ISBN13/Barcode 9780850366457
ISBN10 0850366453
Author COHEN, Sheila
Binding Paperback
Date Published 22 Oct 2013
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 228
Publisher Merlin Press

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