Last night, the SKWAWKBOX announced Liverpool Left‘s fantastic Working Class Fight-Back event, which takes place in the city tomorrow night. Full details of the line-up and arrangements are now available.
Liverpool Left at District returns this week, on Thursday 13th December, with an evening called ‘Working Class Fightback’: In support of trade unionism and grassroots activism.
Taking place once again at District Liverpool, 61 Jordan St L1 0BW in the Baltic quarter, Liverpool Left is a free** evening of film, music & politics.
The event makes an early start on Thursday with a special screening from 6.30-7.30 of The Firefighters Story – 100 years of the Fire Brigades Union.
The hour-long film traces the history of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) since its inception at the end of the First World War, and the contribution the union has made over ten decades to improve public and firefighter safety through its campaigning work.
Known as ‘tombstone legislation’, these improvements generally follow big fire incidents such as the Manchester Woolworths fire of 1979 which resulted in a ban on foam-filled furniture. The film, narrated by actress Sue Johnson of The Royle Family fame, explores several major fires – such as the Glasgow Cheapside fire of 1960 in a whisky and tobacco warehouse in which 19 firefighters died – and their subsequent impact on safety.
Following the film, Mark Rowe, the FBU’s North-West Regional Secretary, will speak about the film as well as about the successful 2018 FBU/activists campaign in Liverpool and Wirral to save Liverpool City Centre and Wallasey Fire stations. He’ll also look ahead to the campaign starting again in 2019 (as the FBU battle on Merseyside is far from over).
Cllr Anna Rotheray will tell the audience about the Liverpool Justice For Grenfell campaign and monthly vigil held in solidarity with the victims and survivors of Grenfell.
Darren Pilling, President of the North West North Wales Regional Council of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will talk about the Merseyside action to #KeepTheGuardOnTheTrain.
Unite officer Ross Quinn will also be there to bring everyone up to speed on the Cammell Laird dispute in Birkenhead and next steps now that an agreed 4-week suspension of redundancies and strike action is in place.
Merseyside Together (the anti-fascist group formed to fight the far right in Merseyside, particularly around football) will be here to explain who they are, what they do, their activities this year and successes to date, including seeing off the fascists at Moorfields Station in Liverpool and how to get involved.
And last but certainly not least, representatives of Fans Supporting Foodbanks will present on their ‘Universal Credit Fightback’ winter campaign and how people can help /how and where to donate etc.
In addition to this outstanding list of speakers there will also be music throughout the evening from Mel Bowen & The Originals, The Left Indicators and DJ Billy Cox.
**There will be a collection for all campaigns represented on the night.
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