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Leeds Socialist Students

Amongst the older strikers, the phrase that was often to be heard was “Never did I think I would be striking again”. For some of the individuals who made their way to the pickets around the University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University and Leeds College of Art early on Thursday morning, it was several decades since they had participated in a day of strike action.

Elizabeth Watkins, Leeds Uni Socialist Students

Those who found themselves drawn back to their younger selves, often in different forms of employment – in the builder’s strike of 1972, as one cleaner at the University of Leeds recollected – often agreed that they had believed then that the days of fighting for meagre increases in pay, for paltry improvements in conditions were over.  The return to the picket line was greeted with a mixture of continued disillusion at the always “unreachable” higher powers of the…

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