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In 1889, Samuel Winkworth SilverOCOs rubber and electrical factory was the site of a massive worker revolt that upended the London industrial district which bore his name: Silvertown. Once referred to as the OC AbyssOCO by Jack London, Silvertown was notorious for oppressive working conditions and the relentless grind of production suffered by its largely unorganized, unskilled workers. These workers, fed-up with their lot and long ignored by traditional craft unions, aligned themselves with the socialist-led OC New UnionismOCO movement. Their ensuing strike paralyzed Silvertown for three months. The strike leadersOCo including Tom Mann, Ben Tillett, Eleanor Marx, and Will ThorneOCoand many workers viewed the trade union struggle as part of a bigger fight for a OC co-operative commonwealth.OCO With this goal in mind, they shut down Silvertown and, in the process, helped to launch a more radical, modern labor movement. a Historian and novelist John Tully, author of the monumental social history of the rubber industry The DevilOCOs Milk, tells the story of the Silvertown strike in vivid prose. He rescues the uprisingOCo overshadowed by other strikes during this periodOCofrom relative obscurity and argues for its significance to both the labor and socialist movements. And, perhaps most importantly, Tully presents the Silvertown Strike as a source of inspiration for todayOCOs workers, in London and around the world, who continue to struggle for better workplaces and the vision of a OC co-operative commonwealth.OCOqThe turners were skilled engineers who operated lathes and other metal-shaping machinery to make or repair machine parts. ... The union was also to a degree multinational, with members in the United States, Canada, and South Africa, and ... The 1851 income would today be worth between Ap1.89 million (using the retail price index) and Ap53.6 million (as a share of ... on how much they paid in dues.

Author:John Tully
Publisher:NYU Press - 2014-01-01


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