car industry

The Mechanics Educational Society of America and World War II

A brief introduction to the MESA and their experiences in WWII.

Writing in the early 2000's, Nelson Lichtenstein argued that:

Toyota workers in India continue strike

Strike Toyota Kirloskar factory India

A strike by Indian workers at a Toyota Kirloskar auto factory near Bangalore bear a striking resemblance to the strike of Honda workers in Foshan, China in the spring of 2010 that set off a strike wave in Guangdong of auto workers at other companies (like Toyota), as well as electronics and even brewery workers. Confirming Beverly Silver's research on patterns of labor unrest, there have already been militant strikes at automakers Hyundai, Honda, Mahindra & Mahindra, and Maruti Suzuki in India.

News story from March 27, 2014

MESA Educator newspaper

This is a collection of newspapers from the Mechanic's Educational Society of America, called The Educator, from 1944-1952

The M.E.S.A. was founded in 1933, by Matthew Smith, a British machinist and socialist/syndicalist who was involved in the shop steward movement in the UK. After moving into auto production in the States, Smith helped organize the M.E.S.A., pioneering the unionization of skilled autoworkers. This Collection covers 1944-1952 with various mising issues. The M.E.S.A.

The great Flint sit-down strike against GM 1936-37 - Walter Linder

A history of the Flint sit-in strike by Walter Linder, slightly abridged by Solidarity and published as Solidarity pamphlet 31 on 1 November, 1969. Walter Linder was a member of the Maoist Progressive Labor Party, whose politics are rejected by both Solidarity and libcom.org, however Solidarity published the pamphlet due to the wealth and value of the factual historical information.

The BLSP dispute: the story of the strike - Ken Weller

A detailed account and analysis of an important strike at the British Light Steel Pressings plant against job cuts in 1961, which was undermined by the unions and eventually defeated.

Renault workers fight sackings - Solidarity

A graphic account, written by rank-and-file French metalworkers, of struggles against job cuts at Renault in Paris and Le Mans, written as British car manufacturers also make cuts. Published as the first Agitator (later renamed Solidarity) pamphlet.

Standard Triumph strike: the full facts - Solidarity

An account and lessons of the unofficial strike by 126 workers at the Standard Triumph Service Depot 24 April-14 June, 1961. Written by George Jacobs, Ken Weller, Tom Hillier and Jim Petter and published as Solidarity pamphlet 5.

What next for engineers? - Ken Weller

1972 reprint by Big Flame of a Solidarity pamphlet by Ken Weller about the learnings for workers from the ten-week strike at Ford Dagenham in 1962, as Ford management begin to get tough at the Halewood plant.

Solidarity motor bulletin #02: UAW scab union

Issue of Solidarity's car industry bulletin from March 22, 1974, looking at the behaviour of the US auto workers' industrial union the UAW and how it was sabotaging and scabbing on struggles of its members at the time.

Images from 1934 Autolite strike

Considered one of the most important strikes in American history, the Toledo Autolite strike is best remembered by its mass pickets and running battles between strikers and police/National Guard.