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South London Women’s Hospital occupation 1984-85 - Past Tense

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Past Tense tell the inside story of the work-in and occupation of a women's hospital in South London faced with closure.

First I’ll give you some background on hospital occupations, which goes back to the late 1970s. In the early 1970s both the private and private sector was being restructured: partly in response to IMF directives, and in response to the relatively high wages and defenses (‘restrictive’ work practices that workers built up through the years.

Nine days in May: the 1926 general strike in Southwark

Past Tense's edition of this account of the general strike in South London, containing both an overview of events and testimonies by those involved in the strike.


They can't extinguish the fire! - Past Tense

Yet another leaflet about cuts and the student riots, this time by Past Tense.

The outbreaks of rebellion on November 10th/24th, and the (right royal) fun on December 9th gave us all a boost – there’s nothing like rioting to warm up a chilly winter.