Derby TUC: Silk Mill March & Rally

Chaired by Richard Morgan (GMB) – President Derby Area TUC

The March, the Laying of the Chaplet and the midday Rally commemorate the 1834 struggle of Derby workers with Silk Mill workers at the heart. It was the first organised industrial trade union struggle in Britain, involving workers in the mills of the Derwent Valley and a year long general strike in Derby which was met with the full force of the establishment and State. The best commemoration is to recommit ourselves to fight just as hard to defeat “Austerity”, and fight for Trade Union rights & freedom.


Doug Nichols - General Secretary General Federation of Trade Unions
Sandra Durkin - National Assembly of Women
Lee Barron - Midlands Regional Secretary, TUC
Joginder Bains - Indian Workers Association
Ranjit Banwait - Derby City Council Labour Group
Romayne Phoenix - The People’s Assembly
Chris Williamson MP - Labour MP for Derby North

Plus a speaker from a Derby Trade Union in action!

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