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Campaign to Organise the General Strike

Young Socialists take the lead in the struggle against the "Tory dictatorship" led by Margaret Thatcher.

Campaigning film 1984 32 mins


Protesters, placards and rousing rhetoric are all on enthusiastic display in this stirring film made by the Workers Revolutionary Film Unit. Striking miners join the annual conference of the Young Socialists in Blackpool, where young people and a few older ones have their say about "the struggle of the British working class to defend its democratic rights". Their aim is to inspire a general strike in response to the "Tory attacks on jobs, basic rights and education".

The film also captures how artists from many fields supported causes including that of the striking miners; leading lights of British reggae Aswad are one of the bands performing here.