Globalisation has created a whole new working class and they are reliving stories that were first played out a century ago. In Live Working or Die Fighting, Paul Mason tells the story of this new working class alongside the epic history of the global labour movement, from its formation in the factories of the 1800s to its near destruction by fascism in the 1930s. Along the way he provides a Who Do You Think You Are? for the anti-globalisation movement, uncovering startling parallels between the issues that confronted the original anti-capitalists and those who have taken to the streets in Seattle, Genoa and beyond. lending exhilarating historical narrative with reportage from today s front line, he links the lives of 19th-century factory girls with the lives of teenagers in a giant Chinese mobile phone factory; he tells the story of how mass trade unions were born in London s Docklands and how they re being reinvented by the migrant cleaners in skyscrapers that stand on the very same spot. he stories come to life through the voices of remarkable individuals- child labourers in Dickensian England, visionary women on Parisian barricades, gun-toting railway strikers in Ameri
Paul Mason was born in 1960 in Leigh, Greater Manchester. He is BBC Newsnight's business and industry correspondent. He won the 2003 Wincott Award for business journalism and was named Workworld Broadcast Journalist of the Year in 2004 . He lives in London.