general strikes

May 1968 in Senegal

Protesters in Senegal's May 68

This is the last part of our series of five articles on the class struggle in French West Africa, centred in particular on Senegal. The series covers the period from the end of the 18th century up to 1968 and began publication in International Review n°145.

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.

The tragic week, Spain 1909 - Murray Bookchin

General strike, Barcelona, 1909

Murray Bookchin's history of the "tragic week": a spontaneous workers' uprising in Catalonia, Spain, which was isolated and crushed by the government, leaving hundreds dead.

"If Gezi never happened, the anger at mass murder at Soma could not have burst forth from the people"

In keeping with tradition, the following is an interview with Turkish IWW member Yusuf Cemal about the Soma mining disaster.

Turkish miners: Soma workers murdered for profits

Hundreds of thousands of workers have taken part in a one-day strike, and clashes with police have broken out, after hundreds of coal miners died in Turkey's worst mining disaster, which was no "accident".

From mass strike to new society - Jeremy Brecher

Excellent text by Jeremy Brecher examining where mass strikes have progressed into the working class attempting to run society in its own interests and the lessons we can learn from them.