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General Strike in Portugal.

Portugal, General Strike, November 24th 2011

A 24-hour strike in Portugal against proposed austerity measures has grounded flights and halted public transport.

Hundreds of thousands of workers took part in the action, including air traffic controllers, metro workers, teachers and hospital staff.

Where has all my money gone you vile insidious woman?

The great privatisation swindle has meant that we are indirectly paying twice for some services. Successive governments has trousered trillions from the legalised thievery that was made popular by 'that woman'. Where has my money gone, and can I have it back please?

Oakland’s Third Attempt at a General Strike

Oakland General Strike kids part of the 99%

On November 2, 2011, Occupy Oakland — coming out of the international Occupy Movement — called for a General Strike. It was the third time a General Strike was attempted in Oakland. This first-hand account analyzes the event and situates it within the rich history of class struggle in California's Bay Area.

Notes on Oakland 2011

A first-hand account and reflection on the events of November 2, where there was an attempted wildcat general strike.

Here's why Washington longshore workers are so angry

A longshore worker faces off against police, 7 September

Violence erupted 7 September in a major labor dispute that has simmered for months at the Port of Longview, leading to work shutdowns at ports up and down the Washington coast. Why are members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) — and their supporters in Washington and Oregon — so upset about a grain terminal that employs just 50 workers?

Longshore workers attack grain terminal

Longshore workers block train

In a dispute over the new EGT Grain Terminal in Longview, Washington and management's refusal to recognize the International Longshore and Warehouse Union as the workers' representative, union militants attacked the facility to sabotage the facility's first shipment of grain, protesting in defiance of a court injunction.

La Coordinadora: A Union Without Bureaucrats

One Big Union cartoon

Stan Weir recommended the author, Don Fitz, visit La Coordinadora the Spanish longshore union because at the time -- in the 1980s -- they only had 2 full time union staffers, who made the same pay as other longshore workers, but their autonomous union had 8,000 members, representing 80% of Spanish dockers.

The role of the individual and the group in the creation of work cultures - Stan Weir

Stan Weir compares wildcat strikes in Poland and San Diego and their basis in the 'informal work group'.

Southampton: Britain's Wisconsin?

Public sector workers in Southampton are reaching the end of a week of strike action, organised in response to swingeing cuts and job losses being implemented by the Conservative-led local council.

Unions with Leaders Who Stay on the Job (a.k.a. Class War Lessons) - Stan Weir

Stain Weir writes about direct action and on-the-job union leadership as a merchant marine in the 1940s.