8-hour day

The bloody May of 1936 in Thessaloniki, Greece

Mother of Tasos Tousis mourning over her dead sons body.

A general strike of the tobacco workers and other unions on May 8th 1936 led to the bloody events of May 9th. The police confronted the massive strike by opening fire on the protesters. 12 dead and hundreds of wounded in one of the most important days in greek working class history.

Poland: Protests but no strike

On September 14, mass protests were held in Warsaw against recent anti-labour legislation. Unfortunately the unions did not call a strike.

Mayday, the 8-hour movement and the Knights of Labor - Jeremy Brecher

Jeremy Brecher's account of the growth of the Knights of Labor union in the US, the agitation for a maximum 8-hour working day and the Chicago Haymarket events of 1886.

Poland does away with the 8-hour day

The avant-garde of neoliberal horrors has finally done away with the 8-hour working day.

Autobiographies of the Haymarket martyrs

The full autobiographies of each of the Haymarket martyrs: eight Chicago anarchists who were sentenced to death and in whose memory we celebrate May Day, International Workers' Day. Originally written for the Knights of Labor journal.

"Dynamite... That’s the Stuff" - Louis Adamic

Contemporary depiction of the execution of the Haymarket martyrs

Selections from Chapter 2 of "Dynamite: the Story of Class Violence in America" on the condition of the American working class in the late 19th century, the workers movement including the Knights of Labor and Mayday and the Haymarket martyrs.

The eight hour day in 2008

In this feature, published by Freedom Press for Mayday 2008, Rob Ray investigates how the campaign for the eight hour day has progressed since the times of the Haymarket Martyrs.

1886: The Bay View Massacre

Bay View Massacre memorial ceremony

The little known history of the massacre that occurred in Milwaukee, when 7,000 building workers and 5,000 Polish workers demanded the eight-hour work day.

1915-1920: Red Clydeside and the shop stewards' movement

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An account of the powerful workers' movement in Scotland and the strike of 100,000 for a 40-hour week in 1919 which was savagely attacked by the government on what became known as Bloody Friday.

A short history of May Day

Contemporary illustration of the Haymarket bomb

The history of the world holiday on the 1st May - May Day, or International Workers Day, held in commemoration of four anarchists executed for struggling for an 8-hour day.