general strikes

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.

1942: Luxembuorg General Strike

List of names of the murdered strikers

1948: Zanzibar City General Strike

In 1948 dock workers in Zanzibar struck for higher pay, the use of force by the British Colonial authorities lead to other workers coming out in sympathy making the strike a general one.

1909: Swedish General Strike

An economic depression lead to a series of lockouts in Sweden in 1909. The Trade Union Confederation called a General Strike in response. The strike failed due to a series of blunders by the leadership of the Confederation.

1984: Uruguay General Strike

In 1984 a series of on day General Strikes paralysed the country and forced the ruling Junta to give up power and restore civilian rule.

1927: Austrian General Strike

In the Summer of 1927 the Austrian Social Democrats remained powerful despite their history of collaboration with the government. In response to the acquittal of the murderers of a worker and his 8 year old son Viennese workers came out in force, in a series of riots. Fearing a revolution the Social Democratic party called a general strike and used its powerful Socialist Republican Guard to police the workers and keep them off the streets.

This history of the event has been written by a pacifist and so views this betrayal as a positive development.