general strikes

General strike in Nigeria

The launch of what unions have labelled an 'indefinite' strike in Nigeria, has led to many injuries and deaths as security forces clash with strikers and protestors. Despite Nigeria having substantial oil reserves, petrol prices have more than doubled in a week, in a country where the vast majority of the population live on less than $2 a day.

The 1842 Strike

In the summer of 1842 a great wave of strikes engulfed Lancashire and Yorkshire. The wave began in the Staffordshire coalfield in July when the miners went on strike for fewer hours and more pay. They also linked economic with political demands when a meeting passed a resolution stating that “nothing but the People’s Charter can give us a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work’.” Miners marched from pit to pit spreading the strike as far north as Stockport.

Struggle changes people

This article discusses the idea that the experience of struggle and direct action transforms people.

Postrevolutionary pioneer: Anarchist María Luisa Marín and the Veracruz renters' movement

A history of the Mexican anarchist María Luisa Marín and the 1922 Veracruz Renters' Movement [1] by Andrew Grant Wood.

Which way forward for the 99%? Build Power & Show Power through Mass Participatory Bold Action!

Occupy May 1st

Collective statement of Occupy May 1st, an organizing group calling for a campaign to build for an international general strike and mass day of action!

Belgium general strike

Yesterday there was a 24 hour general strike in Belgium by public sector workers.

Portugal: about the austerity measures and the last general strike

Report from the Portuguese section of the International Workers' Association about the general strike which took place across the country at the end of November 2011.

Fernand Pelloutier and syndicalism - Max Nettlau

A short intellectual biography of one of the founders of French revolutionary syndicalism, Fernand Pelloutier, written in 1932 by the “Herodotus of anarchism”, Max Nettlau, featuring extensive quotations from Pelloutier’s dialogue, What Is the General Strike? (Qu’est-ce que la Grève générale?) (written in collaboration with Henri Girard in 1894) and The Corporative Organization and Anarchy (L'Organisation corporative et l'Anarchie) (1896).

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.

Video footage from the Seattle general strike, 1919

Excerpt from Witness to Revolution: The Story of Anna Louise Strong. Contains original film footage from 1919, the only known footage of the strike. Produced and directed by Lucy Ostrander.