Operated by a secretive anti-union group, the construction industry blacklist contained 3213 files on individual workers. This blacklist was long suspected by workers who found themselves suddenly unemployable, with devastating effects. They were called conspiracy theorists, until 2009 when the list was seized in a raid by the Information Commissioners Office.
With this discovery, the Blacklist Support Group was formed and the union members’ self-education in the law and battle to obtain justice began.
Lucy Parker's Solidarity features these workers alongside student lawyers who are examining the case, pitting their impulse for justice against an understanding of the mechanisms of the law. Gradually we see the build up of a community who work together to support each other’s needs for change.
Broadening out to consider workers' rights disputes and the Undercover Policing Inquiry, Solidarity goes beyond individual portraits, focusing instead on spaces and conversations that lead to change.
Director Lucy Parker will join us for a Q&A after the preview screening on 6th Feb, along with guests from the film.
The screening on the evening of Monday 17th Feb will be a Hard of Hearing screening with closed caption subtitles.