general strikes

1944: El Salvador General Strike Brings Down Dictatorship

In 1944 El Salvadoran Dictator General Maximiliano Hernández Martínez had successfully crushed several armed revolts. But a General strike eventually forced him from power.

1947: Mombasa General Strike

Mombasa, 1947

In 1947 the city of Mombasa was paralysed by a general strike by its black African workforce in an attempt to end pay disparities, especially along colour lines.

1907: Iranian General Strike

During the instability of the Constitutional Revolution of 1907 Iranian workers launched a series of strikes to achieve reforms, particularly land redistribution, the right to strike and an 8 hour day.

1974: Ethiopian General Strike

In 1974 the regime of Emperor Selassie was badly shaken, the student protests shut down the education system and there were mutinies in the army. In addition the Main Trade Union Confederation kicked off a general strike. Most of the protests where about wages and benefits, which were largely won, but the events would also mark the beginning of the Emperor's downfall.

1905: Swedish workers threaten general strike against war with Norway

Police guard trams during the 1909 Swedish general strike

In 1905 the Union between Sweden and Norway unravelled. In response the Swedish right pushed war while the Swedish workers threatened a general strike to cripple the war effort.

1950: Austrian General Strike

In post war Austria the rivalry between the Communist party and the Social Democrats came to ahead in 1950 with the Communist party initiated strike call out. The strike failed largely due to the resistance of the Social Democrat labour organisations.

1920: Turin General Strike

The General Strike of 1920 in the city of Turin lead to workers occupying and running the factories themselves as part of an attempt to build a socialist society.

1961-62: Dominican General Strike Ends Dictatorship

In the aftermath of the assassination of the Dictator Trujillo a general strike was initiated to oust his remaining cronies.

1912: Brisbane General Strike

Union busting at the Brisbane Tramway led to a municipal general strike and the setting up of an alt

1919: Peru General Strike for the 8 Hour Day

A strike by male Peruvian textile workers for a universal 8 hour work day and pay increase spread throughout the Peruvian economy.