Discussion on 1820 General Strike by Paisley textile workers to be held in December Discussion on 1820 General Strike by Paisley textile workers to be held in December
A discussion will be held on the 1820 General Strike by Paisley textile workers next month in Paisley. Nearly 10,000 workers went on strike... Discussion on 1820 General Strike by Paisley textile workers to be held in December

A discussion will be held on the 1820 General Strike by Paisley textile workers next month in Paisley.

Nearly 10,000 workers went on strike with several being killed and a number arrested and tried for treason.

The 1820 strike was part of the continuing movement for the right to vote following the Peterloo Massacre in 1819. Paisley, then Scotland’s biggest industrial town was the main base for a strike intended as part of a wider movement to secure ballot.

Speaking will be the chair of the Trades Union Council Colin Mack and Vince Mills, an Honorary Research Fellow at Glasgow Caledonian University and most recent author of the Luath Press publication Keith Hardie and Socialism.

Colin Mack, said: “The meeting will pay tribute to those who fought for the freedoms we still enjoy today and will exercise on 12th December.”

The meeting, sponsored by Paisley Trades Union Council, will be held on Tuesday 3rd December 2019 at Methodist Hall, 2 Gauze Street, Paisley at 7 pm and is free to attend.

Main image:  A letter addressed to the General Post Office at Edinburgh on the protest to be held 3rd April 1820. Image Credit:  The National Archive

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