Nigel Flanagan is the author of ‘Dog Man’ – his first novel published on line. Nigel is an active Socialist and Trade Unionist based on Merseyside. He is the Producer of an award winning documentary film ‘Arek’. A passionate and committed campaigner he has a reputation as a militant and an inspiring speaker.
Nigel has also taught the Holocaust at the Open College and has contributed text and articles to a number of publications about the Holocaust and Racism
He was born on 15th July 1961in Leeds. As a baby he lived in Hunslet and then as a toddler his family moved to Harehills in Leeds. He lived there until leaving for Keele University in 1979 returning unemployed in 1982. Like many he had a succession of jobs that filled a gap before training to be a Careers Officer in Edinburgh in 1985.
In 1991 he was elected full time Branch Secretary of Sefton NALGO (a forerunner of UNISON) on Merseyside and made a name in the union movement from there. As Branch Secretary of UNISON in Sefton he was summoned to Manchester High Court in 1994 for organising illegal strike action, was selected for redundancy in 1995 but won his re engagement – following a campaign supported by UNISON.
As a trade union militant Nigel was involved in many of the strikes in Sefton opposing privatisation and redundancies. In particular in a successful strike by social care workers in 2001 protected many jobs and services. In 2005 Nigel was sacked after leading a campaign against the selling off of 13,000 council houses. Despite strike action lasting over 2 months Nigel was unable to save his job and that of his trade union colleague Paul Summers. Although the campaign was initially successful the postal ballot of tenants that had rejected the privatisation was overturned in a second ballot held in housing offices. The campaign was raised in the House of Commons by the Labour MP Austin Mitchell
Always an active anti – fascist Nigel is a supporter of the ‘Hope not Hate’ campaign against the BNP. With his close friend and comrade Glen Williams he organised an educational project that took young people – many of them living in care – to visit Auschwitz, with Holocaust Survivors Leon Greenman and Arek Hersh. With funding from UNISON, the FBU and Sefton Council over 14 trips were organised and in 2004 the Project won a national award for work with young people. This led to the ‘neo- Nazi’ website ‘Redwatch’ displaying a picture of him with details of his address.
The project led to the production of a feature length documentary on the life of Holocaust Survivor Arek Hersh. The film won the award for Best international Film Documentary at the 2005 Miami International independent Film and Video Festival and was also screened in New York. When it was shown in Liverpool at the Philharmonic Hall over 1300 people turned out for the premiere.
Nigel now works for UNISON as a Regional Organiser in the North West Region and is married with three children.
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by NIGEL FLANAGAN
A wanted war criminal, a vengeful family, murders and racist assaults in 1990s Leeds. Who is The Dog Man? Auschwitz means different things to different people. But what does it mean to the Dog Man? The last of the Holocaust Survivors and Nazi War Criminals join forces with the young to fight over the meaning of history.
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