Red Clydeside: A history of the labour movement in Glasgow 1910-1932


The Worker, 18 Mar 1922

The Organ of National Workers Committees

image from Red Clydeside collection

Mastehead of the weekly newspaper of the Clyde Workers' Committee, first published in 1916 following the government's suppression of both "Forward" and John Maclean's publication Vanguard.

Each edition of The Worker included a different revolutionary quote positioned underneath the paper's masthead. This particular edition includes the slogan "Knowledge must precede all intelligent action".

Although the CWC was to collapse after the 40 Hours Strike in 1919, The Worker continued in publication. In the months prior to the establishment of the Communist Party of Great Britain in 1920, William Gallacher and J. R. Campbell, established the paper as pro-CPGB and used the paper to criticise the position of those who were opposed to the formation of a British communist party. After the formation of the CPGB in 1920, The Worker became the CPGB's industrial mouthpiece.

Source: Gallacher Memorial Library, Glasgow Caledonian University Special Collections and Archives