The story of Albert Fava

January 12, 2009

New publication

Jonathan Jeffries and Tom Sibley, The Shameful Deportation of a Trade Union leader: the story of Albert Fava, 64pp, TGWU Section of Unite Gibraltar

The year 2008 marked sixty years since the Gibraltarian trade union leader Albert Fava was deported by the British authorities from his homeland at less than a week’s notice. His alleged ‘crime’ was to engage in unnamed communist activities in the tiny British colony adjoining Spain which at the time was a fascist dictatorship which had assisted Hitler’s war on Britain, the Soviet Union, and the USA.

This pamphlet shows how the British authorities, in collusion with the British Trades Union Congress and local politicians, and the security were involved in securing his deportation.

Recently opened government files in London and Gibraltar show that there was in fact no evidence of Fava’s involvement in any activity prejudicing the security of the colony which at the time was a strategically important military fortress and home to extensive naval dockyards used by both the British and US fleets.

Copies available from: Tom Sibley, 156 St Stephens Rd, Hounslow TW3 2BW UK, price £3 including postage and packing. Please make cheques payable to Unite Section – Gibraltar.


Roundtable discussion on Western European Communist Leaders

January 8, 2009

Roundtable discussion on Western European Communist Leaders: John Bulaitis on Maurice Thorez; Donald Sassoon on Palmiro Togliatti; Andrew Thorpe on Harry Pollitt. Discussants: Giuseppe Vatalaro, Stephen Hopkins.

Saturday 31 January 2009
Club Room, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1; 2.00-5.00p.m.
Admission £1.50
Nearest tube: Holborn.

Organised by the Socialist History Society.