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We have lots of discussions and speaking sessions running throughout the weekend. 

There are lots of ways to join in the conversation.

Visitors to the Virtual Festival can register to watch the webinars live and participate.

You can also wait to watch the sessions broadcast LIVE across our social media channels. Some will be live-streamed in part or whole to the Facebook Group and Youtube channelNot all will be covered however so your best bet is to sign up to the ones you want to watch below. 


Friday 17th July

1500 - 1600                 

Exploring criminal lives: online resources for history from below

Chair: Les Kennedy, Dr Rose Wallis Senior Lecturer in British Social History, Associate Director of the Regional History Centre, University of the West of England. 

Dr Rose Wallis will consider how we can use the records of government and criminal justice to explore the lived experience of ordinary men and women in the past. She will talk about what online resources are available.


1600 - 1700

Supporting human rights through trade deals   

This session would look at how trade deals can be used to enforce respect for human rights conspiring trade deals like the U.K.-Colombia trade deal which contains commitments to respect human rights but no effective enforcement of this commitments. It will highlight what the Labour party is doing to raise the issue in parliament and how UK unions are working with sister centres to lobby for trade deals to enforce workers’ rights and promote good jobs.




The Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival and the People’s Assembly join forces to talk about the history of radical protest and the need to mobilise for the fight here and now.


Saturday 18th July

1100 - 1200

Putting the radical in history: Jules Michelet (1798-1874)         

Chair: Les Kennedy, Dr John Callow considers Jean Michelet's roles in radicalising history. 



1130 - 1230

Valuing public sector workers after the crisis

Chair: Mary Robertson TUC Public Services Policy Officer, Rachel Reeves MP Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, Christina McAnea UNISON tbc, Rehana Azam, GMB, Mark Serwotka, PCS tbc, Gail Cartmail, Unite      



1200 - 1245

Human rights and the fight against the virus    

Shami Chakrabati will deal with so many of the civil liberties and human rights questions that Covid-19 has brought into sharp focus. She will give her answer to the right-wing libertarians who resisted the lockdown in the first place, then the need for adequate medical, physical and economic protection for the many and now seem to want to “get the economy going”, whatever the human cost, to ordinary working people in particular. There are a plethora of issues from the legacy of austerity on the NHS, to inadequate job, social, housing and food security, the spike in domestic abuse under lockdown and the startling disproportionate impact of the virus on the poorest people and BAME communities. What have learned about this crisis and what impetus it might provide for a more just global and domestic settlement in the future. 



1300 - 1400

Building back better

Paul Nowak, TUC Deputy General Secretary; Darren Jones MP, Chair of Business Select Committee; Wes Streeting MP Shadow Exchequer Secretary (Treasury), Zara Nanu Gapsquare and Miatta Farnbullen, Chief Executive New Economics Foundation will discuss the measures needed to build a better economy for working people.



1400 - 1500

Black Lives Matter

Chair: Thangam Debbonaire MP, Roger McKenzie, UNISON Assistant General Secretary, Wanda Wyporska, Chief Executive, Equality Trust, Marvin Rees, Bristol Mayor, Wilf Sullivan, TUC Race Equality Officer and Kimberley Mckintosh, Senior Policy Officer at the Runnymede Trust 



1430 - 1530

Building solidarity and stopping exploitation of migrant workers in agriculture 

This session will highlight exploitation migrant workers in agriculture in the U.K. in Spain are facing both as a result of their pandemic and the business model in food supply chains that have fuelled exploitation. This is part of the move by right wing movements across the world to scapegoat and exploit migrant workers. It will show the strategies of unions to organise migrant workers and build solidarity to win decent conditions for all and combat the far right.



1500 - 1600

The Great Chartist Meeting on Kennington Common                 

Chair: Les Kennedy with Dave Steele 

1848 was the ‘year of revolution’ across Europe with monarchies falling like dominoes and, with an eye to events across the channel, the British Chartist movement underwent a resurgence and planned a mass meeting on Kennington Common. This was met with an overwhelming show of military force resulting in the apparent waning of the reform movement. Historians are still divided on whether this represented the failure of Chartism or the dawn of a new form of socialism. In this talk, Dave Steele will look in detail at the build-up and events of April 10th 1848 and argue that, in terms of the projection of power of a working class political movement this event should not be denigrated as a failure.     

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1600 - 1700

Class of Covid-19 – what next for education

The National Education Union hosts a major discussion on the future of education.


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