LJMU History Lecturers address Trade Union Conference
28 June 2012
Professor Sam Davies and retired lecturer Ron Noon, both from the LJMU History department, were invited to address the annual conference of the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF) held in Liverpool recently.
They were asked to present their research into the Liverpool General Transport Strike of 1911, as part of the educational programme of events associated with the Conference. Ron Noon sketched out the background to the events of 1911, and Sam Davies focused on the national railway strike of that year which ASLEF was involved in. Both received an enthusiastic response from the delegates in a lively discussion after the presentation.
The General-Secretary of ASLEDF, Mick Whelan, said after the presentation:
"The history of working class struggles and especially the 1911 General Transport Strike has to be never forgotten. Further, it is up to the trade union movement in general terms to highlight the history of the working class and the movement, working always towards a better and fair society, while making sure the past is always something to be kept alive."
Colin Smith, Regional Organiser for ASLEF, added:
"It has to be paramount to remind ourselves and educate trade unionists, along with our children, students and society in general, of the traditions of trade unions and the rank and file in defending the rights of ordinary people, along with the betterment of the greater good for all. This was what the General Transport Strike of 1911 was about, never to be forgotten along with all the other struggles that we, the people, have had to endure."
Professor Davies stated:
"We were very pleased to be invited to address the ASLEF conference, and really enjoyed the comments from their delegates on our work. We have talked about our research on 1911 at a number of trade union, community and museum meetings in the last year, seeing it as a way of making our knowledge available beyond the conventional academic audience. This is very much in line with the aims of the History section at LJMU, which places a great emphasis on the role of Public History in its work."
Pictured (left to right): after the presentation at ASLEF's National Conference - Colin Smith (Regional Organiser, ASLEF); Mick Whelan (General-Secretary, ASLEF); Ron Noon; Sam Davies