Articles about Saltley Gate
Close the Gates - the 1972 miners strike, Saltley Gate and the defeat of the Tories
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The chapter on the Miners Strike of 1972 carries the story of Saltley Gate.
by Darlington,ralph & Lyddon,dave. Published/Distributed by Bookmarks.
produced a play about Saltley Gate in 1976. They did extensive interviews with both miners and car workers who participated in the Battle of Saltley Gate. Transcripts of these interviews are now held in Birmingham Central Library in the Charles Parker Archives ref MS 1611/B/9. They are an invaluable resource. More on Banner Theatre here http://www.bannertheatre.co.uk/
The New Unionism.
New Left Review interview with Arthur Scargill from 1975
“Being Frank”: The Memoirs of Frank Watters.
Frank Watters was the general secretary of Birmingham Communist Party during the Battle of Saltley Gate
Close the Gates.
Article by Arthur Harper, Birmingham East District President of the AUEW who played a key role in calling the Saltley Gate strike and demo.
Re-examining the Battle of Saltley Gate: interpretations of leadership, violence and legacy.
University of Bristol dissertation from 2010 by Robert Kellaway
The Miners: The Triumph of 1972 and the Way Ahead.
From International Socialism (1st series), No.57, John Charlton
The following are excellent sources of information and analysis of the late 60s and early 70s.
‘Incomes Policy, legislation and shop stewards’ by Tony Cliff and Colin Barker. Written to help arm the shop stewards to resist government policy.
This is best read as part of the Tony Cliff compilation ‘In the thick of workers struggle’ Bookmarks
Life on the Track by Frank Henderson. The life story of a Trotskyist who was first involved in politics in the 1940s and spent his life working in car plants, particularly Longbridge in Birmingham. Bookmarks
Occupy! A short history of workers occupations
– Dave Sherry Bookmarks
Other useful articles about mass strikes
Mass Strike – Rosa Luxemburg http://www.marxists.org/archive/luxemburg/1906/mass-strike/
Patterns of Mass Strike - Tony Cliff, International Socialism Journal 2:29 Summer 1985