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Thank you to all our speakers and lecturers who made #Tolpuddle2020 a fantastic event.  

If you missed it, you can watch it all over again over on theTolpuddle Martyrs youtube channel.
See below to watch each individual session as it was live streamed.  

Exploring criminal lives

Exploring criminal lives:
online resources for history from below

Dr Rose Wallis Senior Lecturer in British Social History, Associate Director of the Regional History Centre, University of the West of England. Chair: Les Kennedy,

Dr Wallis will consider how we can use the records of government and criminal justice to explore the lived experience of ordinary men and women in the past. She will talk about what online resources are available.

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Human rights and trade deals
Supporting human rights through trade deals   

With Diogenes Orjuela, President of Colombian trade unions, and Emily Thornberry MP, shadow secretary of state for international trade, and chaired by Rosa Crawford, TUC International Policy Officer.

This session looks at how trade deals can be used to enforce respect for human rights in conspiring trade deals like the U.K - Colombia trade deal, which contains commitments to respect human rights but no effective enforcement of this commitments.

It will highlight what the Labour party is doing to raise the issue in parliament and how UK unions are working with sister centres to lobby for trade deals to enforce workers’ rights and promote good jobs.

[Video link will be posted here as soon as it is translated.]


Protest_learning from the past; building for the future

Protest! Learning from the past, building for the future.

The Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival and the People’s Assembly join forces to talk about the history of radical protest and the need to mobilise for the fight here and now.

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Putting the radical in history

Putting the radical in history: Jules Michelet (1798-1874)         

Dr John Callow.

Jules Michelet (1798-1874) gave us the term 'Renaissance', re-imagined and restored Joan of Arc to prominence, and fashioned a radical vision of political and social history that placed women, and the people themselves, at the centre of affairs. Against the backdrop of Napoleon III's repressive empire, Dr Callow considers Michelet's roles in radicalising history.

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Valuing public sector workers

Valuing public sector workers after the covid crisis

With: Mary Robertson TUC Public Services Policy Officer, 
Rachel Reeves MP Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, 
Christina McAnea Assistant General Secretary UNISON, 
Rehana Azam, National Secretary GMB, 
Mark Serwotka, General Secretary, PCS, 
Gail Cartmail, Assistant General Secretary, Unite      

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Human rights and the fight against covid19

Human rights and the fight against the virus    

In this session, Shami Chakrabati will deal with so many of the civil liberties and human rights questions that Covid-19 has brought into sharp focus. She will give her answer to the right-wing libertarians who resisted the lockdown in the first place, then the need for adequate medical, physical and economic protection for the many and now seem to want to “get the economy going”, whatever the human cost, to ordinary working people in particular.

There are a plethora of issues from the legacy of austerity on the NHS, to inadequate job, social, housing and food security, the spike in domestic abuse under lockdown and the startling disproportionate impact of the virus on the poorest people and BAME communities. What we have learned about this crisis and what impetus it might provide for a more just global and domestic settlement in the future. 

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Building back better

Building back better

Chair: Sue Ferns, Senior Deputy General Secretary, Prospect
Darren Jones MP, Chair of Business Select Committee 
Wes Streeting MP Shadow Exchequer Secretary (Treasury), 
Joanne Nisbett, Gapsquare  
Miatta Farnbullen, Chief Executive New Economics Foundation

will discuss the measures needed to build a better economy for working people. 

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Black lives matter

Black Lives Matter

Chair: Thangam Debbonaire MP, 
Roger McKenzie, UNISON Assistant General Secretary, 
Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director, Equality Trust, 
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol 
Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary 
Shavanah Taj Wales TUC General Secretary 

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Building solidarity and stopping exploitation
Building solidarity and stopping exploitation of migrant workers in agriculture 

This session will highlight the exploitation of migrant workers in agriculture in the U.K. and in Spain. Despite working in different countries, these workers from different nationalities are experiencing poor working conditions as a result of the pandemic and the exploitative business models in food supply chains. On top of this, right wing movements continue to use these often underpaid workers as scapegoats during economic downturns.
Here, we discuss the strategies unions use to organise migrant workers and build solidarity to win decent conditions for all.
Mariela Kohon, TUC Senior International officer, Rosa Crawford, TUC Policy Officer; Cristina Faciaben Secretary of International and Cooperation CCOO and John Burbidge, Unite trade union rep 
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The great chartist meeting
The Great Chartist Meeting on Kennington Common                

With Dave Steele

1848 was the ‘year of revolution’ across Europe with monarchies falling like dominoes and, with an eye to events across the channel, the British Chartist movement underwent a resurgence and planned a mass meeting on Kennington Common.
This was met with an overwhelming show of military force resulting in the apparent waning of the reform movement. Historians are still divided on whether this represented the failure of Chartism or the dawn of a new form of socialism.
In this talk, Dave Steele will look in detail at the build-up and events of April 10th 1848 and argue that, in terms of the projection of power of a working class political movement this event should not be denigrated as a failure.

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Class of covid19 - the future of education and skills

Class of Covid-19: what next for education

Life in class-rooms will not be the same after Covid. Hannah Packham of the National Education Union and South West TUC Executive chairs this major discussion on the future of education and skills.

Hannah Packham, NEU Regional Secretary, 
Kate Green MP, Shadow Education Minister, 
Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, 
Mary Bousted, NEU General Secretary, 
Jo Grady, UCU General Secretary 
Gemma Hayley More than a Score 

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