The Miners' Next Step
Well, this is a gem and a half! The Miners' Next Step, published by a group of left-wing miners in South Wales, is probably the most important expression of the revolutionary syndicalist movement which was of real influence in the years just before the First World War.
One of the principal authors was Noah Ablett, born in the Rhondda, who attended the trade union-linked Ruskin College at Oxford. He was also a founder memebr of the Plebs League.
Ablett was working at Mardy colliery in 1911 when he helped to found the Unofficial Reform Committee, which espoused a more aggressive form of trade unionism, advocating a minimum wage and eventual miners' control of the collieries.
The back of the pamphlet promotes left-wing literature, including the journal of the Plebs League.
(In case you were wondering where I got this pamphlet, it was on sale at a stall run by the Marx Memorial Library at a gathering about radical bookshops. This was a duplicate copy in the library's holdings.)
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