manufacturing and materials

A short history of colonialism in Congo, 1885-1997

A missionary with a child whose hand had been severed

A very short overview of Belgian, and latterly US, imperialism in Congo, written by Marty Jezer in 2001.

Workers and students - Hagen Koo

A chapter on the alliances and solidarity between South Korean industrial workers and radical students in the 1970s and '80s.

A spree of rebellions in the Greater Noida, India

An expansion of the Delhi-NCR region, New Okhla Industrial Development Authority - NOIDA - is an example of 21st century expansion of wage-labour based commodity production. Below, we look at some glimpses of what this entails.

The wonderful world of bossnapping

Caterpillar executive bossnapping, France 2009

A short introduction to and history of bossnapping - workers detaining their bosses in order to win demands - written by Evan Johnston.

Sabotage in the American workplace: anecdotes of dissatisfaction, mischief and revenge

Sabotage in The Office

A truly fantastic study of everyday employee resistance at work. First person accounts of sabotage, beautifully illustrated and intermingled with related news clippings, facts and quotes.

Against the law: labour protests in China's rustbelt and sunbelt

Chinese workers protest

A detailed study by Ching Kwan Lee of China's transition from a more state capitalist model to a more free market system from the 1990s to the early 2000s, the effect on the working class and how workers responded to the changes.

2008: Sit Down Strike at Republic Windows and Doors

A history of the sit down strike at Republic Windows and Doors at the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis.

Soldering on: report on working in a 3D-printer manufacturing plant in London

The first part of the article looks at the current hype around automation and post-industrialism. The second part looks at the concrete conditions in the west London factory, which largely employs female migrant workers.

Construction workers riot at Samsung, Vietnam

On Tuesday, a riot involving hundreds of construction workers broke out at a Samsung display plant in Bắc Ninh Province, not far from the capital, Hanoi.

WorkersWildWest no.5

Issue no.5 of west London workers' newspaper, circulated in February 2017