online tent

We have lots of discussions and speaking sessions running throughout the weekend. 

You can join in the conversation by watching live during the weekend (Friday 17 -  Sunday 19 July) : 

Or register via the links below to take part in the Zoom session. 

Most lectures and debates will be streamed in part or whole on our social media accounts. Not all will be covered however, so your best bet is to sign up to the ones you want to watch below. 


Friday 17th July

Exploring criminal lives

15.00 - 16.00 

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.



Human rights and trade deals
16.00 - 17.00 
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.





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.




Saturday 18th July

Putting the radical in history

11.00 - 12.00 
Putting the radical in history: Jules Michelet (1798-1874)     

Dr John Callow. Chair: Les Kennedy.

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.



Valuing public sector workers

11.30 - 12.30
Valuing public sector workers after the covid crisis

Chair: Mary Robertson TUC Public Services Policy Officer is joined by Rachel Reeves MP Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, Christina McAnea UNISON tbc, Rehana Azam, GMB, Mark Serwotka, PCS tbc, Gail Cartmail, Unite      



Human rights and the fight against covid19

12.00 - 12.45
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. 



Building back better

13.00 - 14.00
Building back better

Paul Nowak, TUC Deputy General Secretary;
Sue Ferns , Senior deputy general secreatry, Prospect
Darren Jones MP, Chair of Business Select Committee; 
Wes Streeting MP Shadow Exchequer Secretary (Treasury), 
Zara Nanu, Gapsquare  
Miatta Farnbullen, Chief Executive New Economics Foundation

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



Black lives matter

14.00 - 15.00
Black Lives Matter

Chair: Thangam Debbonaire MP, Roger McKenzie, UNISON Assistant General Secretary, Wanda Wyporska, Chief Executive, Equality Trust, Marvin Rees, Bristol Mayor, Wilf Sullivan, TUC Race Equality Officer and Kimberley Mckintosh, Senior Policy Officer at the Runnymede Trust 



Building solidarity and stopping exploitation14.30 - 15.30
Building solidarity and stopping exploitation of migrant workers in agriculture 

This session will highlight exploitation migrant workers in agriculture in the U.K. in Spain are facing both as a result of their pandemic and the business model in food supply chains that have fuelled exploitation. This is part of the move by right wing movements across the world to scapegoat and exploit migrant workers. It will show the strategies of unions to organise migrant workers and build solidarity to win decent conditions for all and combat the far right.



The great chartist meeting15.00 - 16.00 
The Great Chartist Meeting on Kennington Common   

With Dave Steele and chaired by Les Kennedy

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.



Class of covid19 - the future of education and skills

16.00 - 17.00 
Class of Covid-19: what next for education

The National Education Union will host a major discussion on the future of education and skills. 



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