A blog from Chris Bartter, trade union writer and communications expert in Scotland,
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Monday, 2 November 2015
Mrs Barbour’s Army – 100 years on!
As we approach November 17 – the centenary of the day the court case
against 18 Glasgow women on Rent Strike was dropped – it is probably not
surprising that the amount of references to Mary Barbour, and in particular the
proposed statue to commemorate the activist, campaigner and politician, are
likely to increase dramatically.
The Scottish Morning Star ‘Our Class, Our Culture’ series of events
starts the feature tomorrow (3 November) – with a talk by Maria Fyfe on Rent Strikes and Red Clydeside. The
former Labour MP for Maryhill is now Chair of the Remember Mary Barbour
Association and will no doubt be keen to bring everyone up to speed on the
status of the statue project as well as bringing out some of the important
advances that Mary contributed. This is at the STUC centre at 7.00pm. Details here.
Hopefully the woefully small number of prominent women marked bystatues in Glasgow (three at the last
count) will soon be increased!
The AJ Taudevin play, Mrs Barber’s
Daughters, first performed at A
Mrs Barbour's Daughters. Photo - Leslie Black
Play, a Pie and a Pint, at Oran Mor in
2014, has a fresh outing at the Tron this week. From the 4 -7 Nov this short
play, incorporating worker,
protest and popular songs from the last 100 years, will update the history and
point to lessons for today.7.45pm
each night – details here.
watch out on the 17 itself, for the latest steps in the statue saga!