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


Newspaper notice advertising Order of procession for May day demonstration in Glasgow, 6 May 1916

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As can be seen by this 1916 May Day notice, the wider Labour Movement on Clydeside was made up of a network of disparate Left wing parties, organisations and workers groups.

These included Socialist, Marxist and Syndicalist political parties as well as a full range of Trade Unions involved in organising workers in industries ranging from farming to medical bottle making to textiles.

Notable also is the extent to which Glasgow's immigrant populations were organised within the Clydeside labour movement. The 1916 May Day procession included groups such as the Lithuanian Socialist Federation, the Jewish Federation of Social Democrats, the Catholic Socialist Society and the Workers' League for Jewish Emancipation.