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Leadership and union struggles: lessons from Jimmy Reid and the UCS work-in, Thurs 25 March 7pm


On the 50th anniversary of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders’ (UCS) work-in, the Jimmy Reid Foundation is holding this meeting to examine the role of leadership in successful struggles of the working class. UCS was one of the most successful campaigns of the post-war period, humbling the Heath Conservative government and representing a new industrial tactic. Jimmy Reid played a leading role in all of this. But how was this tactic developed, how were the necessary alliances formed, and how was the agenda set for the work-in?

Dr Bill Knox and Professor Alan McKinlay, authors of the definitive biography of Jimmy Reid (2019), will look at Reid’s leadership role while Mary Alexander, UNITE Scotland deputy regional secretary, and Roz Foyer, general secretary of the STUC, will consider what lessons can be learnt from the likes of Jimmy Reid and other UCS leaders for their role as prominent leaders of the union movement in Scotland today.

The event will be chaired by Lynn Henderson, Senior National Officer, PCS union and chair of the Jimmy Reid Foundation project board. The meeting is supported by UNITE Scotland.

Please note:

1. The meeting will be recorded for uploading onto YouTube shortly after the event.

2. The Zoom link for the meeting will be sent to ticket holders on the morning of Thursday 25 March once you have registered for the meeting via the Eventbrite link above.

3. Along with this link, ticket holders will receive a flyer for the Jimmy Reid biography which has a 30% price discount code included in it.