general strikes

Diary of Virginia Woolf during the 1926 General Strike

Indifferent account of the 1926 General Strike by writer Virginia Woolf.

Diary of Margaret Woods during the 1926 General Strike

Diary account from a schoolgirl during the 1926 General Strike which is largely critical but reproduced for reference.

Stan Weir's oral history of the 1946 Oakland general strike

Stan Weir in 1990 at time of Oral History Project at CSU Long Beach

This is the transcription of a 1990 interview with Stan Weir for the Virtual Aural/Oral History Archive at California State University Long Beach (the audio is available here interview #3, section "3 of 9 items" ). In this segment Stan talks about his involvement in the 1946 Oakland General Strike.

The Oakland general strike - Richard Boyden

Striking shop clerks in Oakland, 1946

This article by Richard Boyden is the most comprehensive account of the 1946 Oakland General Strike. It relies extensively on first-hand sources, such as Boyden's good friend and comrade Stan Weir. Additionally, it shows the continuity between the San Francisco General Strike in 1934—that shut Oakland down completely too—and the sequel 12 years later. Teamster piecard Dave Beck, in trying to kill the strike, put it best: “I say this damn general strike is nothing but a revolution. It isn’t labor tactics. It’s revolutionary tactics.”

European-wide general strike November 14 - how real? How relevant?

In at least four countries, there will be a general strike on November 14. There are calls to turn it into a European general strike. What to make of the idea, how to operate most fruitfully in connection to these and similar initiatives, is the subject of this article.

General strike: Round 20

Standing in front in Syntagma, again

One man died at protests during the recent general strike in Greece - so far the 20th general strike against austerity, while austerity continues relentlessly...

The general strike, Athens

People gather in front of the Greek parliament

Thousands of people took part in the demonstrations during the general strike in Athens with clashes and arrests following.

Towards a general strike?

A follow on to my post Lobbying for the limited yet impossible, now that the Trades Union Congress has voted in favour of a motion on calling a general strike.

Lobbying for the limited yet impossible

From the 9th to the 12th September, Brighton will play host to the 144th TUC Congress. As is the norm lately, this will be preceded by a "lobby" from Socialist Party front the National Shop Stewards Network. These are some brief thoughts provoked by constantly seeing links to the lobby on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere.

Reacting to the workers’ revolt: The Lakehead and the Winnipeg General Strike

A piece by Michel S. Beaulieu on Lakehead workers and their relation to the radicalism that culminated in labor unrest in Canada between 1917-1925.