car industry

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 dispute at the Ford Dagenham plant in 1962, and what workers can learn from it.

Truth about Vauxhall - Ken Weller

1967 reprint of Solidarity pamphlet 12 from 1962 about the situation at Vauxhall Motors in the UK. In particular it looks at how management had temporarily bought/enforced industrial peace and had suggestions on how workers could begin to fight for their interests.

The Second Industrialization of the American South - Will Barnes

Hyundai auto plant grand opening 2005

"The Second Industrialization of the American South," written by the late Will Barnes in 2007, is excerpted from a longer essay entitled “The New Faces of Labor and Capital in the American South” (which will be posted on libcom when editing is completed). This essay details deindustrialization and relocation of global auto capital to the U.S. South.

Workers' violence doesn't always mean workers' autonomy - Mouvement Communiste and Kolektivně proti Kapitălu

SA miners with machetes

A text about the question of violence in the course of workers' struggles, with concrete examples taken from recent events in South Africa, India and China.

Detroit: I do mind dying. A study in urban revolution - Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin

Black workers demonstrate

Detroit: I Do Mind Dying tracks the extraordinary development of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, as they became two of the most vital political organizations of the 1960s and 1970s. Here are extracts of what is widely heralded as one the most important books on the black liberation movement and labor struggles in US history.

Yes the present hour is very severe at least

May Day 2013 leaflet by Groupe Express-Roularta, Paris.

Punching out - Martin Glaberman

Seminal text by Marty Glaberman detailing his experiences of wildcat strikes and union policing of the workforce during the heyday of the UAW in Detroit's auto factories.

Conflict and repression in an Argentinean car factory: a cycle of resistance from a worker’s perspective

Maurizio Atzeni presents a worker’s account of two factory occupations in Argentina during the mid-1990s. This reconstruction, rather than focusing on the role of specific agents, allows an unveiling of the dynamics through which the clash between the employer’s drive for profitability and workers’ interests in defence of their salaries developed.