car industry

The Flint sit-down strike, 1936-1937 - Jeremy Brecher

A strikers' orchestra in the occupied Flint plant

Jeremy Brecher's account of the great sit-down strike in the General Motors plants in Flint, 1936-1937, where workers occupied the factories and won big concessions.

Akron rubber workers' struggles, 1933-1936 - Jeremy Brecher

Strikers clash with police, Akron 1936

Jeremy Brecher's account of the struggles of rubber workers in Akron, Ohio, the centre of the American rubber industry. Growing disillusioned with the failure of the unions to improve their situation, the workers developed the sitdown strike.

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.