car industry

Workers, employers and unions in the US sitdown strike wave, 1933-1937 - Jeremy Brecher

Sitdown strikers at Flint, 1937

Jeremy Brecher's excellent history and analysis of the wave of sitdown strikes in US from 1933-1937 from their origins amongst Akron rubber workers to the great Flint sitdown strike and to their eventual co-optation by the CIO unions and subsequently in part the employers.

The Toledo Auto-Lite strike, 1934 - Jeremy Brecher

Strike supporter killed by police in Toledo, 1934

Jeremy Brecher's short history of the victorious strike at an auto parts plant in 1934, in which the unemployed played a key role in helping workers win the strike.

Solidarity motor bulletin #08: Chrysler workers beware!

Subtitled "mergers can be harmful to your health", this Solidarity motor bulletin was aimed at Chrysler workers in the UK and Europe on the eve of their takeover by Peugeot/Citroen. It describes the situation for workers in Peugeot plants in France, how they squeeze high productivity out of their workers and how they combat workers' struggles.

Solidarity motor bulletin #07: Struggles at Strasbourg and Ste-Therese, Canada

Solidarity bulletin containing edited versions of two texts by Walter Johnson and Echanges et Mouvement about struggles of General Motors workers in France and Canada in 1977.

Solidarity motor bulletin #06: Struggles at Ford, Halewood & Valencia

Solidarity bulletin on the struggles of Ford workers at Halewood in the UK and Valencia in Spain in 1976.

Solidarity motor bulletin #05: Spain: struggle at SEAT Barcelona

Excellent bulletin about workers' struggles at car manufacturer Seat in Barcelona October 1974-January 1975, looking at the history of the industry and class struggle in Franco's Spain in the preceding years.

Solidarity motor bulletin #04: Wildcat Dodge truck June 1974

PDF scan of a Solidarity car industry bulletin reproducing an excellent pamphlet from the US about a wildcat strike at Chrysler's Dodge Truck plant in Detroit in June 1974.

Solidarity motor bulletin #01: Ford struggle 73

Solidarity motor bulletin about workers' struggles at Ford across Europe and Australia in 1973.

Solidarity motor bulletins

A series of bulletins from UK libertarian socialist group, Solidarity, from the 1970s about the global car manufacturing industry, produced largely by and for car workers themselves.

What happened at Fords - Ken Weller and Ernie Stanton

Solidarity pamphlet 26 containing three articles about the defeat of the workers in a series of disputes at Ford from 1961 to 1965, and what workers can learn from it.