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1972: When workers turned the lights out

On the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Saltley Gate, John Westmoreland recounts the tremendous events of 1972, when rank-and-file militancy and widespread solidar­ity struck a huge blow to the ruling class

  • Written by John Westmoreland
  • Category: History
The 14 victims of Bloody Sunday

The Road to Derry

Michael Lavalette introduces Seamus Heaney's poem commemorating the victims of the Bloody Sunday massacre on the 50th anniversary

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The 1972 miners’ strike: a rank-and-file strike

An excerpt from Tony Cliff's Patterns of Mass Strike which describes the impact of the 1972 miners’ strike and the background to a wave of rank-and-file militancy and solidarity from across the working class

  • Written by Tony Cliff
  • Category: History
Tony Cliff

1972: A great year for the workers - Tony Cliff

As part of a series of articles marking the 50th anniversary of a tremendous year for the British working class, we republish Tony Cliff’s overview of the decisive events of 1972

  • Written by Tony Cliff
  • Category: History