Our next event will take place on Saturday 3 October 2015, 2pm, in the Annexe at the Working Class Movement Library.
We are delighted to welcome Brian Lavery who will talk about his book The Headscarf Revolutionaries: Lillian Bilocca and the Hull Triple-Trawler Disaster (Barbican Press, 2015).
Brian’s book takes readers back to the winter of 1968 when three trawlers from Hull’s fleet sank in rapid succession. One fishwife, Lillian Bilocca, put down her filleting knife, sickened that men died because the authorities failed to bring in the shipping laws that could have saved them. In a few weeks that startled the world, she roused her community and shook the government who introduced long overdue health and safety measures.
Years pass. Brian lives among the community, and years of patience, research and enquiries have unlocked people’s full stories for the first time. ‘Brian Lavery made me feel as if I was back in the fight in 1968,’ says Lily’s fellow campaigner Mary Denness. ‘It was almost like he had been with us.’
This book not only takes readers out on the women’s campaign trail – it takes us out to the high seas too. The ships’ battles through the almighty waves of the North Sea are written with vivid detail, and we come to share the stark ordeals of the lone survivor.
Continuing the theme of health and safety at work, we are also delighted to welcome Hilda Palmer from the Greater Manchester Hazards Centre who will talk about the work of the centre and some current campaigns. The centre is an independent organisation which gives information and advice on any health, safety and welfare problems at work and hazards arising from workplaces.
Their services are FREE to all workers – trade union members, safety reps, workers in non-union workplaces, homeworkers, young workers, the families of workers killed at work – and to community groups facing hazards in the Greater Manchester area, and campaigns locally for better workplace health and safety .
Greater Manchester Hazards Centre is part of a national network of Hazards Centres and other health and safety groups, the Hazards Campaign, which campaigns nationally for safer workplaces. GMHC runs the secretariat for the Hazards Campaign , organises the annual Hazards Conference and resources and promotes International Workers Memorial Day 28 April every year.
The Working Class Movement Library is located at 51 Crescent Salford M5 4WX. The event is free. There will be light refreshments served after the talks.
For more information about the event, please email: email@example.com