Britain’s First Migrant Strike

Event Type: History seminar– all welcome
Date: Wed 6 November 2019, 16:30-17:30 
Location: Livesey House, LH325


Jack Hepworth (UCLan), ‘Britain’s First Migrant Strike: Labour Militancy and Racial Politics at Courtaulds, Preston, 1965’.

In 1965, Courtaulds ranked among Preston’s largest textile mills, with 3,000 workers. That summer it saw an industrial dispute involving more than 1,000 workers born in Pakistan, India, and the West Indies, who appealed to the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) for assistance. Relationships between workers, union officials, and the public were complicated and often turbulent. The strike posed far-reaching questions about social experiences of race and class.