“Nicaragua House” – 121 Tyers street

In the late 1980s a man called Ron Tod fixed up a dilapidated old house in Vauxhall with the view to selling it and sending all the money to Bluefields in Nicaragua.

You can download the brochure for the house when it was completed here 121 Tyers street brochure

Below is some of the media coverage about the house, and this article sums up why Tod did it and all the help he got to make it happen.

The house was eventually sold and the money use to fund building projects in Bluefield’s on the Atlantic Coast.

John Todd article Independent May 1990
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John Todd 121 Tyers Street Tatler article 1990

 

 

Lambeth NALGO anti-cuts bulletins (1980-81)

During a particularly frantic period of anti cuts activity in the early 1980s, Lambeth NALGO produced a series of anti cuts bulletins to mobilise members for action against the Thatcher government’s austerity agenda in her first term. 

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Lambeth NALGO bulletin – the Cutlet (1981-82)

Collection of bulletins from Lambeth NALGO between 1981-82)

In the early 1980s Lambeth NALGO produced a regular bulletin for staff at Lambeth Council called the Cutlet (after ‘the Lamb’).

The Cutlet was edited by Jackie Lewis, a local trade union stalwart who as of 2018 is still active at the Council on behalf of Lambeth UNISON. Continue reading “Lambeth NALGO bulletin – the Cutlet (1981-82)”

The Long March – a play in solidarity with South African workers

The Long March is a play by the Sarmcol Workers’ Cooperative, performed in both Zulu and English, about the 970 striking workers in South Africa in 1985 who were all fired by BTR, a British multinational corporation. They worked at Sarmcol, a rubber company owned by BTR. The play is based on the experiences of the workers involved, forming a union, campaigning for their rights and what happened when they were all sacked 3 days into the strike.

The Long March toured Britain in 1987 and was performed to a packed crowd in Brixton on 1 November.

You can read more about the Sarmcol strike and the workers’ cooperative that was established during the dispute here http://www.sahistory.org.za/archive/the-great-sarmcol-strike

The dispute was finally settled in 1998 when Sarmcol/BTR agreed to pay R11,7m in compensation to the 970 workers they sacked in 1985.

You can read the very informative programme for the play here The Long March