Here We Go Again #1: A History of Union Strikes

Here We Go Again #1: A History of Union Strikes

Welcome to the first edition of HERE WE GO AGAIN brought to you by TIME/IMAGE. In this series, we intend to pick out some of the bigger or more interesting current news events, and provide a history of similar events that have happened in past, using only freely-available online resources.

It’s well known that by understanding the events of the past that we can better understand our present. And what better way to engage with our past than through the vast array of information that is freely available to us through online sources and media? But navigating what is available can be time-consuming and daunting.

Our aim is not to provide comment or opinion on what is currently occurring, nor on what has happened in the past. Instead we want to provide facts and histories in the hope that it may help to contextualise what is happening today. We also want to provide you with a portal to the numerous resources that perhaps you didn’t know were available or would have never thought to look at – or have never had the time to. This could be anything from the National Archives, to lesser know sites such as the Tower Hamlets History Online wesbite, or even extracts from (reference-checked) Wikipedia articles.

The major news articles today are about the industrial strike by various unions. On strike over public sector pension reforms and moves by ministers to bring forward the increase of the retirement age to 67. For this first edition of HERE WE GO AGAIN, we want to take you back over some of causes of the biggest and most famous industrial strikes to hit the UK over the last 120 years.

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