general strikes

A general strike starting from refinery workers at the caribbean island of Curacao - awaiting new masters from China

Curacao strike refinery workers 2016

The strike of a week of refinery workers, followed by the general strike on September 15 in Curacao, has aroused much interest in the Caribbean. In particular, the fact that a mysterious third party showed up paying over 1.8 million ANG [Antillean Guilder (ANG). Per 23-9-2016 1 ANG = 0,50 EUR or US$ 0,57] in back wages, has caused astonishment. F.e. Surinam media reported extensively on the workers' actions. One remembers the Curacao strikes and riots of May 30 1969, that were repressed by Dutch marines, and that led to changes in policy.

The general strike of 1842

As many as half a million workers may have been caught up in a strike wave which linked demands for the Charter and an end to pay cuts. This page tells the story and names the leaders.

Against the conceptual dumbing down of the 2016 “movement” in France - Mouvement Communiste/Kolektivně proti Kapitălu

"Blockade" of a wholesale food market by trade union activists

This is a leaflet criticising the wildly inflated claims made about the recent "movement" against the new Labour Law in France and the accompanying degradation of political language. Also included PDFs of original french leaflet and English version.

Volume 4 Issue 4

Volume IV June, 1909 No.4

The bloody May of 1936 in Thessaloniki, Greece

Mother of Tasos Tousis mourning over her dead sons body.

A general strike of the tobacco workers and other unions on May 8th 1936 led to the bloody events of May 9th. The police confronted the massive strike by opening fire on the protesters. 12 dead and hundreds of wounded in one of the most important days in greek working class history.

The general strike in Salford in 1911 - Edmund and Ruth Frow

Troops brought into Salford during the 1911 strike

Great pamphlet about the largely successful general strike for better wages, shorter hours and union recognition in Salford, northern England in 1911.

In the year 1968: on the nationwide strike and university occupation in Helsinki

Imagine the following situation. Due to a strike, public transportation is paralyzed all over the country. Some restaurants and shops shut their doors and 30,000 people are gathered in Helsinki to oppose the current cabinet’s austerity measures, despite of wind and rain.

The Cordobazo, 1969, photo gallery

Photo gallery from the 1969 Cordobazo, which saw students and workers take part in a series of strikes, riots and demonstrations in a general uprising against the dictatorship of General Juan Carlos Onganía

Strength of the street: Karachi 1972 - Kamran Asdar Ali

Betrayal: Bhutto addresses crowds before the election

A short history of the mass strike in Karachi in June, 1972 following the killings of three striking factory workers by police.

November 15: Class war, memory war! - Proletarios Revolucionarios

Strike in Guayaquil on 15 November, 1922

Translated text from Proletarios Revolucionarios (“Revolutionary Proletarians”) from Ecuador, about the memory of the 15 November workers' uprising in Guayaquil in 1922, which was crushed by the state.