(At last) the Marxist Worker Group documents

MWG leafletOne of the high points of 2018 (and there were many) was making contact with and then visiting former members of the Bolton based Marxist Workers Group of the mid to late 1970s.

This small group had long been a footnote in British Trotskyist history with little to nothing written about it that we were able to find.

We are now in a position to remedy that situation and bring you a substantial collection of MWG documents to flesh out the overview provided by Neil D.

We will start with the group’s journal Marxist Worker. We have four issues- all un-numbered and undated – and a few miscellaneous pages which indicate that more issues were actually produced- possibly as many as a dozen, and on a monthly basis…

The group also produced pamphlets, leaflets, bulletins and a number of open letters to other left groupings.

As detailed elsewhere, from its earliest days, having come out of the Workers Fight group Democratic Centralist Faction, the MWG had an orientation towards fusion with other groups. One such early prospective partner was the Revolutionary Marxist Current and we have a number of MWG discussion documents and internal bulletins relating to this (failed) fusion.

Later the fusion of the MWG with the International Marxist Group was more successful, building to an extent on joint work around the Socialist Unity initiative which saw two MWG members stand as SU candidates

It is interesting to note that whilst localised in the North-West with a branch in Bolton and later one in Leigh, the MWG was for a time the largest far-left grouping in Bolton- as a result of its own origins as a branch of Workers Fight, and Workers Fights own relative strength in that area when, as the Trotskyist Tendency, it left the International Socialists…

The MWG was active on a number of fronts- in anti-fascist work, Irish solidarity, the womens movement, anti-cuts campaigning and electoral work. Its members were also central to a radical theatre group Grassroots which published an ostensibly monthly journal of its own, of which we have one issue…





3 thoughts on “(At last) the Marxist Worker Group documents”

  1. Thank you comrades for your dedicated work.

    In his history of the groups mentioned above, Neil Duffield mentions Workers Fight’s (or its members’) organising a rent strike in Bolton; extremely interesting. Can you suggest any further reading on this? Do you know if the MWG ever developed on this approach? With all appreciation.


  2. On the Bolton Rent Strike(s) we have a couple of documents- Bolton Free Press issue 1 March 1972 article on page 8

    Then Bolton Council of Action leaflet from October 1973 https://www.dropbox.com/s/wa2gliupuarxpt2/Bolton%20Council%20of%20Action-%20Fight%20Rent%20Rises.pdf?dl=0

    There may be further info in copies of Workers Fight or Red Mole / Red Weekly from the period (all online).


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