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The cycle of struggle 1973 to 1979 in India

Jayaprakash Narayan addressing a rally in 1974

Gurgaon Workers News on the mass workers' struggles in India in the 1970s and their relevance for the discussion on the relation between crisis, class struggle, ‘popular movements’ and state form today.

“Cut up Khrushchev for sausages!” A history lesson for The New York Times - Simon Pirani

Pic of the Novocherkassk revolt

This recent article by Simon Pirani both provides more information about the Novocherkassk revolt and massacre and also some insight into how worker revolts in the days of the Soviet Union are still being shamelessly mirepresented in even the most "respected" Western media outlets.

We’ll turn Shahrokh Zamani's death into a banner of workers solidarity and unity

Shahrokh Zamani

This statement was put out by workers’ organisations in Iran after the suspicious death on 12 September of Shahrokh Zamani, a trade union activist who was in the fifth year of a prison sentence. Iranian friends are asking that it be circulated as widely as possible

The experiences of Kamunist Kranti and Faridabad Majdoor Samachar

The comrades in Faridabad (an industrial area on the outskirts of Delhi) reflected critically on their former Marxist-Leninist trajectories, e.g. the trade union question, in light of both practical experiences in their industrial area and theoretical efforts to re-read Marx and to familiarise themselves with the international left communist debate since Lenin.

The Ådalen shootings in Sweden, 1931 - Anders Sundstedt

The peaceful demonstration before troops opened fire

On the 14th of May 1931, just outside the small municipality of Ådalen, Swedish military opened fire with a heavy machine gun on peaceful demonstrators. Four demonstrators and a spectator were shot dead and another five demonstrators were wounded. This article describes what occurred.

I work for Boreco INC.

An account of being a temp in a North American factory from the excellent Best of Temp Slave!

The worms that turned: a story about workers in revolt - Eddy Horner

A first person account of an unsuccessful strike at CPC wallpaper in West Durham, England, in the early 1990s, after which Eddy and a strike supporter turned to crime.

Dagong Diary, Part 1: Job Hunting

Part 1 of a 7-part series recording a short excursion into the lives of migrant workers at the beginning of China’s working year, in an industrial district of Shenzhen.

Four years later, still a graveyard of Chinese youth

Foxconn suicides continue

In 2014, on the eve of China’s national day celebrations, scenes recalling those of four years ago appeared in Chinese headlines. Foxconn became known to the world four years ago when thirteen of its young workers jumped to their deaths in quick succession. The death of young Foxconn worker and poet Xu Lizhi reminded us that in this Fortune 500 company that produces some 40% of the world’s electronics, the cruelty and hopelessness of workers' situation has not changed. But most of us are unaware that Xu is not alone. At least five other workers, and likely more than that, have joined him this year. Many other workers have taken their own lives since the famous 13.

Big Wullie: or ten years of industrial bliss

A personal account of work life as an apprentice in a Glasgow metalwork shop in the 1960s and 70s.