Sunday, April 15, 2007

Tom Mann was socialist founding father in UK and Australia

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1856 Tom Mann (d. March 13, 1941), noted British trade unionist. Largely self-educated, Mann became a successful organiser and a popular public speaker in the labor movement. He was acclaimed as the greatest labor agitator and orator of his time.

His political awareness began at public meetings addressed by Annie Besant and John Bright. He was an associate of Henry Hyde Champion (who. like Mann, emigrated to Australia). Mann formed an organisation, the Eight Hour League, which successfully pressured the Trades Union Congress to adopt the eight-hour day as a policy goal. In 1894 he helped found Britain’s Independent Labour Party and became its first Secretary. In 1901, Mann emigrated to Australia where was arrested twice and charged with sedition but in both cases was acquitted. In Melbourne he was active in Australian trade unionism and became an organiser for the Australian Labor Party ...

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