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Friends' Meeting House, Manchester
6 Mount Street, M2 5NS Manchester, United Kingdom
As part of Manchester Histories Festival 2018 and marking the 150th anniversary of the first Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Manchester and Salford in 1868, DJ/writer Dave Haslam will be interviewing the TUC’s current General Secretary, Frances O’Grady.
The world of work is in crisis. Expect discussion on the current challenges (trade union membership has halved since the 1970s), and the potential role of trades unions in a contemporary landscape of zero hours, job insecurity, Brexit, deregulation, low pay, and the gig economy. This is also an opportunity to discuss what we can learn from radical, labour, and Manchester history. In addition, we’ll gain an insight into Frances O’Grady’s ideas and inspirations, and discover more of her personal journey; from joining the Labour party aged 15, memories of her time studying at the University of Manchester, and her thoughts on being the first woman in the role of General Secretary.
Doors at 7pm, the event starts 7.30pm, with an approximate running time of one hour (including plenty of time for audience questions).
‘For me, trade unionism isn’t a career — it’s a cause’ Frances O’Grady, the first female General Secretary of the TUC on being on the Woman's Hour Power List.
The Greater Manchester wide biennial Manchester Histories Festival returns for its 5th instalment from 7-11 June 2018 with the theme protest, democracy and freedom of speech, and an all new Festival format. Delivered by the charity Manchester Histories, Manchester Histories Festival is unique among histories festivals in the UK for working in collaborative partnerships with organisations, communities, individuals. MHF2018 will offer a packed long-weekender of music, film, debate, talks, theatre, performance, walking tours, visual arts and much more, including Soapbox and the huge Manchester Histories Celebration Day.
Full programme to be announced in May.