Mick to speak at Burston

26 July 2016

Mick Whelan, ASLEF's general secretary, is to speak at the Burston strike school rally at Crown Green, Burston, near Diss, in Norfolk on Sunday 4 September to celebrate the longest strike in British history.

It began in 1914 when two teachers, Annie Higdon and her husband Tom, at the village school, were sacked for taking the side of the farm labourers, and their children, and for standing up against the landed gentry and the despotic right-wing rector of the local parish church. Sixty-six of the 72 children at Burston school walked out to join the Higdons’ strike school, initially in a tent on the village green, which ran until Tom died in 1939.

As well as Mick speakers this year include Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Shadow Defence Secretary Clive Lewis, and TUC president Liz Snape. Entertainment will be provided by Steve White & the Protest Family, Red Flags, the NAS/UWT brass band, and and Attila the Stockbroker.

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