health and safety

On the Line (December 1985)

The December 1985 issue of On the Line, a newsletter of Workers Solidarity Alliance in the New York/New Jersey area.

Break the silence on Azerbaijan oil workers' deaths

Flowers on the Caspian shore

In Azerbaijan, oil workers and their families are demanding answers about offshore safety standards, but the authorities have stayed silent for nine months about the causes of a disaster that killed 31 people

The Monongah mining disaster, 1907 - Steven Johns

Picture of rescuers outside mine number 6

A short account of the worst mining disaster in US history, which killed over 360 mostly Italian migrant workers and which was the inspiration for Father's Day events.

The matchgirls strike, 1888 - John Simkin

Annie Besant with the strike committee

A short account of the successful strike in 1888 by thousands of unorganised female workers at the Bryant & May match factory in London.

The Burnsall strike: a glimpse of the future - Sarbjit Johal

A short history of the year-long strike of mostly Asian women workers at Burnsall Ltd in Smethwick 1992-93.

The Tianjin explosion: a tragedy of profit, corruption, and China's complicated transition

A detailed look at the background of the massive series of chemical explosions which rocked the port of Tianjin in China last week.

Red Bologna - Max Jäggi, Roger Müller, and Sil Schmid

A post-war history of the Itialian city of Bologna, focusing on its rule by the Italian Communist Party, its movements by various workers councils and co-operatives, and various other fascists of the city.

Protests over workers' deaths met by police and fascist repression

Riot police protecting the Golden Dawn office in Aspropyrgos

A fire at the Hellenic Petroleum(EL.PE) refinery cost the lives of four workers back in May. Since then protests against this industrial 'accident' targeting the second richest family in Greece have been meet by joint police and fascist repression.

The headscarf revolutionaries - DD Johnston

The Headscarf Revolutionaries marching to confront the bosses, Hull, 1968

D.D. Johnston reviews Brian Lavery’s The Headscarf Revolutionaries, an account of a spontaneous campaign by fishermen’s wives in Hull, which following the 1968 triple-trawler disaster forced major changes to UK shipping laws.

Elis died of slave-like life in agency center

Crowded "dormitory" provided by agency company in Hong Kong, with workers sleepi

An Indonesian migrant domestic worker recently died in a Hong Kong work agency hostel. We re-post an article from WKNews that examines the collusion between Hong Kong authorities, the Indonesian government and private agencies and the effect it has on the situation of Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong.