Wednesday 23 May 2012

Battle of Saltley Gate celebration – Taking the Gloves Off!

Birmingham Trades Union Council and Banner Theatre present >>


Taking the Gloves Off!


Friday 22nd – Saturday 23rd June 2012


“A festival of song, theatre and debate for a better world”


Friday 22nd


Banner Theatre presents The Battle of Saltley Gate


“All you could hear was close the gates, close the gates, close the gates, on and on and on..”

Don Perrygrove , car worker.


Dave Rogers and Fred Wisdom tell the story of Saltley Gate – a key battle in the 1972 miners’ strike – in song, music and cabaret.

Based on extensive interviews with miners, car workers and factory workers recorded by Banner in 1972 and in 2012, this multi-media production connects a key trade union battle to the major struggles of today.

“We need Banner’s inspiring pro-union productions to raise awareness and challenge the myths propagated by the corporate media.” Mark Serwotka, General Secretary, PCS union


Friday 22nd June, 7.30pm

Birmingham Trade Union Education Centre, Floodgate St, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SU

Tickets £8 (or £4 conc) on the door

Banner Theatre 0121 551 7216 for advance booking


Saturday 23rd


Taking the Gloves Off!


2012 is the 40th anniversary of the historic working class victory of Saltley Gate, closing the huge Saltley coke depot and helping win the 1972 strike for the miners .

At a time of unprecedented attacks on our living standards and welfare state, Taking the Gloves Off looks at key battles and victories of the past – not in nostalgia but seeking ideas for winning a better world for the future.

In 1972 the Tory government introduced the Industrial Relations Act aiming to make workers pay for the crisis of capitalism.

Resistance followed. The miners, with solidarity from 30,000 Birmingham engineers striking in support, broke the wage restraint and put the Tory government on the defensive. Now more than ever we need to learn lessons on how to win.


// What relevance is the 1972 labour movement victory at Saltley to the campaigns against the government’s austerity programme?

// How do students develop successful strategies for gaining free education for all?

// How do community activists expose and defeat the tax dodging strategies of the rich?

// How do workers build trade unions with strong grassroots energy and democratic control?



// Saturday 23rd June 2012, 11am – 5pm

// Unite HQ, 211 Broad Street, B15 1AY

// £5/£3 conc or £10/£6 conc with Friday night FREE!


Tickets // 0121 643 8668 //



// Remembering where we’ve been…

What tactics and strategies were (and were not) successful in the heady days of 1970s trade unionism – Saltley Gate, the UCS occupation, the Pentonville Five, car workers, and the 1972 building workers strike?

What are the practical lessons for our class to take into today’s struggles such as the sparks dispute and defence of pensions? How can they be applied in today’s conditions?

Plus guest speaker from Greece



// Civil disobedience today…

Even union general secretaries and MPs know that direct action works.

Solidarity and diversity of tactics get the goods, from the docks of Oakland to the students of Glasgow University’s victorious Hetherington occupation.


UK Uncut, Occupy, Anti-Austerity.


Plus guest speaker from Egypt Mostafa Bassiouny, journalist from Al-Tahrir newspaper


Video footage

Firsthand accounts

Sharing Experiences

What next…

Click here for more information about the Battle of Saltley Gate


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