Thursday, May 11, 2017

Call for participants (Claimants' Union and other activists) to help a research project

A social policy lecturer at the University of Edinburgh has contacted us about a research project entitled ‘Bringing labour back in: class antagonism, labour agency and Britain’s active labour market reforms’.

He writes:

As part of the study I am conducting oral history interviews with people active in claimants unions/ advocacy and campaign groups/ Unemployed Workers Centres/ relevant trade unions during the 1980/90s.

The main aim is to recover a ‘bottom up’ story of people's response to the introduction of various social security and employment programme reforms of the last 30 years and how they and their organisations sought to shape them and were shaped by them.  

I’m especially interested in speaking with individuals who were active in initiatives around Restart/Job Training Scheme/YTS/ Stricter Benefit Regime in the 1980s and/or Project Work and JSA/ New Deals in the 1990s

(The research is supported by the Independent Social Research Foundation and more about the project can be found at

Dr Jay Wiggan
Lecturer in Social Policy
School of Social & Political Science, University of Edinburgh
15a George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD

(The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336)

He adds:
I’m hoping to complete most of the interviews between now and the end of June, prior to people's most likely holiday period. I am though more than happy to speak to people at any point during the summer.

I will of course come down to London to conduct interviews unless the person would prefer to speak over the telephone.

RaHN adds: 
Previously on this blog:-

Claimants and unemployed issues and struggles in the 1970s and 1980s (especially in Tottenham in the 1980s) - what can we learn from them?

Haringey Solidarity Group - some activities past and present [1990-2005]

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