general strikes

100 Years Ago: The Philadelphia dockers strike and Local 8 of the IWW - Mouvement Communiste and Kolektivně proti Kapitălu

cartoon from IWW leaflet - "hold fast, buddie, we got 'em"

A text published to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of an important strike launched by the IWW on the Philadelphia docks, analysing both the strengths and weaknesses of the IWW at the time.

Also made available as PDF and MOBI (Kindle) files.

The Seattle general strike, 1919 - Jeremy Brecher

Jeremy Brecher's historical account of the general strike and takeover of the city by workers in Seattle in 1919.

US coal miners' strikes, 1894 - Jeremy Brecher

Jeremy Brecher's excellent account of the overlapping American miners' strikes in 1894: a national strike and a successful stoppage in Cripple Creek, Colorado.

Sleepless in Istanbul IV

Report and analysis of the Turkish "general strike" of 17 June and the developments in struggle on the streets since then. Now with additional notes.

Greek public broadcasting shutdown

The surprise closure of the public broadcaster ERT provokes anger and a general strike as thousands are fired.

Obsolete communism: The left wing alternative - Daniel and Gabriel Cohn-Bendit

In May '68, a student protest at Nanterre University spread to other universities, to Paris factories, and in a few weeks, to most of France. On May 13, a million Parisians marched. Ten million workers went out on strike. At the center of the fray, from the beginning, was Daniel Cohn-Bendit, expelled from Nanterre for his agitation. Obsolete Communism was written in the five weeks immediately following the French State regaining control. No account of May '68, or indeed of any rebellion, can match its immediacy or urgency.

Circuits of recomposition: towards and beyond the #22M logistics workers’ strike

Can the #22M logistics workers’ strike be a first step towards the generalization of struggles?

The General Strike in York, 1926

Leaflet produced by the University of York's Borthwick Institute detailing the 1926 General Strike and its how it played out in the City of York.

The French strikes of May-June 1968 - Bruno Astarian

A demystifying review essay and analysis summarizing the events of May-June 1968 in France with an almost exclusive focus on the strikes of the workers, based on reports and testimonies garnered from a voluminous bibliography, providing a sobering reassessment of the largest nationwide strike in French history, which the author defines as a “generalized non-insurrectional work stoppage”.