Book Launch - "Mick Lynch: The making of a working-class hero" by Gregor Gall

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

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Hosted by the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC), you are invited to join author Gregor Gall for the launch of his latest book, "Mick Lynch: The making of a working-class hero".

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, provided 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, local further education colleges and unions, as well as individuals with an avid interest in workers' rights, to join us for this book launch.

The evening 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.

Audience members will have the opportunity to purchase the book on the evening of the event, and 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.


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).


If you have any questions about this event, please contact Grace Carter at Leeds University Business School.