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Bob Pennington and the move to the Blue Union in the Northern Ports

October 31, 2016

We published a short post on Bob Pennington in August this year.  The post featured Jane Kelly’s obituary printed in Socialist Outlook plus a couple of other links that readers provided.

Jane Kelly’s obituary of Bob referred to his activities amongst dockworkers particularly around the move to the Blue Union (NASDU) in the Northern Ports in the mid-1950s.  Red Mole Rising has only recently been informed that an interview, that we were aware of, given by Bob Pennington on the dockers struggles not only has been digitised but is freely available online.   The interview was conducted by Dave Baines and was recorded in the early 1980s.

The period discussed in the interview pre-dates the emergence of both the International Group and the International Marxist Group. Nevertheless, we are pleased to make the interview available here as Bob Pennington was an important leader of the IMG for a significant period and he was also one of a relatively small number of IMG members who linked back to the Trotskyist movement in Britain in the decades prior to the 1960s.

The interview can be accessed by clicking on the hyperlinks below:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/explorefurther/speakingarchives/mss371_qd7_docks2_25_ii_a_side1.mp3

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/explorefurther/speakingarchives/mss371_qd7_docks2_25_ii_a_side2.mp3

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/explorefurther/speakingarchives/mss371_qd7_docks2_25_ii_b_side1.mp3

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/explorefurther/speakingarchives/mss371_qd7_docks2_25_ii_b_side2.mp3

 

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