Book Launch – “Mick Lynch: The making of a working-class hero” with Gregor Gall

February 6, 2024

Tuesday 6th February 2024
17:30 - 20:00 GMT
Room 1.33, Maurice Keyworth Building
University of Leeds
Woodhouse Lane

An evening with Gregor Gall, launching his book on unionist working-class hero Mick Lynch.

In the summer of 2022, the little-known leader of a small union became a ‘working-class hero’. Facing down media pundits who thought they could walk all over him, he offered a robust critique of the government and capitalism, and in doing so, providing workers with an authentic voice. At a time when Labour was unable to articulate a credible alternative to the Tories, Mick Lynch spoke for the working class.

This book, the first biography of Lynch, asks and answers the questions: Where did he come from? How did he develop the skills and traits that make him such an effective spokesperson? How has his leadership fared in the heat of battle? The book, both a celebration and critique of Lynch, explores his persona and politics as well as the political period he operates in and the potential power of his members. It holds lessons for all workers and their unions.

We welcome audience members from:

  • Academia – scholars from the University of Leeds and other local Leeds universities with interest and experience in business and social science, and their union members
  • Unions – UCU and UNISON lay office holders, activists and members
  • Local further education colleges, e.g., Leeds City, Joseph Priestley
  • Union officers and activists generally in West Yorkshire, e.g, the TUC, UNITE, RMT etc.

This book launch will provide the audience with a thorough examination of Lynch’s background and intentions as a union leader by author Gregor Gall; a Q&A session with the author about himself and this piece of work; and the opportunity to network over an evening buffet dinner.

As well as providing audience members with an opportunity to purchase the book on the evening of the event, we hope this launch will allow the author to develop contacts with Leeds and West Yorkshire union networks.

Full programme details to be announced in due course.

Photographs and recordings will take place during the event. The images will be used for publicity or other purposes within the Leeds University Business School communication channels. If you would like your image to be excluded from this activity, please inform a member of the team on arrival.

About the author:

Gregor Gall is Visiting Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Leeds and author of Bob Crow: Socialist, leader, fighter (2017) and The punk rock politics of Joe Strummer (2022).

Ticket Information

Please note that this is an in-person book launch, hosted and funded by the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC).

Tickets are FREE, reserve your spot via Eventbrite.


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