Next Sheffield FNR
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Friday June 3 2016
The Sheffield Outrages
6.30 pm Barkers Pool
In April 1867, spurred on by a Liberal editor of a Sheffield newspaper, a committee of a Government Royal Commission convened in Sheffield Town Hall at Waingate. The committee were going to interview Sheffielders who from the 1840s had been involved in acts of vandalism, violence, arson, bombings and at least two killings in disputes about work, jobs, employment and terms & conditions of employment. These events became known as the Sheffield Outrages.
This ride will be to sites where some of these outrages occurred and the talk will be about the nature of the outrages, who did what to whom and why, and what the Royal Commission heard as evidence. We think for the only time in UK law all witnesses were granted immunity, whatever the offence, from prosecution in return for being truthful. Surprisingly the result was that the Royal Commission led to significant improvements to trade union law but some were contradictory with respect to striking and picketing. The TUC was formed to lobby to resolve these contradictions. So the talk will also be about the rights and importance of trade unions.
The industrialisation of Sheffield, particularly the introduction of steam engines for power, brought many trades together in the city centre. The manufacture of a single product involves many processes e.g. forging, casting, cutting, shaping, grinding, sharpening, handle-fitting, & polishing. The product could travel from one workshop to another and each workshop would be staffed by little mesters and their apprentices. These trades were skilled and apprenticeships could be long. The artisans and craftsmen needed the employment but to ensure that rates of pay were fair and equitable and that the quality of the work was good amongst all, the little mesters organised themselves into combinations and unions. And that is where the problems started ….
the route is still to be worked out
Heads up! It is at a leisurely pace with stops to talk and listen. It is all on roads or metalled trails or paths and should suit any bike.
Please bring LIGHTS, LOCK(S) and dress appropriately for the weather
Please be on time. In an emergency then PHONE Mick on the mobile number below.
Friedrich Engels The Condition of the English Working Class http://www.gutenberg.org/files/17306/17306-h/17306-h.htm
“We have nothing to lose but our chains!”
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