Union rep Joe and his granddaughter discuss the history of the labour movement, from the 14th century right up to today. An essential graphic reconstruction of some of the most important episodes on our shared labour history
An old union rep, Joe, and his granddaughter, Arushi, spend a few pleasant days together going over the history of the labour movement. Over tea and sandwiches in his studio they consider the whole wide sweep and points of connection throughout history.
Starting way back with the 14th-century Peasants' Revolt, taking in the Levellers and the Luddites, the expansion of the unions in the 19th century, the height of their power in the 70s, and the great conflicts and decline of the 80s.
With a mix of serious research and family jokes Joe and Arushi go into the complicated history, the ideological battles, the class conflict, a consideration of what unions are for, and what the future of unions may be.
Foreword by Jeremy Corbyn
ONE: Peasants' revolt
TWO: 1549 and all that
THREE: A level playing field
FOUR: Dark progress
FIVE: Chart the way
SIX: Strike a light!
SEVEN: Reform or revolution
EIGHT: After the war, the battle begins
NINE: Tory neoliberal fury
TEN: The future of the unions