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The Belgian strike of the 100,000, 1941

Belgium: strike of the 100,000

A short history of the strike of tens of thousands of workers in Nazi-occupied Belgium, for a pay increase and against the fascist authorities.

Cleveland Metal and Machinery Workers 440 Shop Bulletins

The internal news and discussion publication of the Cleveland Industrial Union 440 Branch of the IWW. Issues from 1935-36. The IWW enjoyed a notable resurgence in Cleveland during the 1930s-40s, with IU 440 Metal and Machinery Workers organizing a number of small metal shops throughout the city.

Syndicalism on the Shopfloor: the Denver Shop-Stewards Strike, Transvaal, November-December 1919 - EA Mantzaris

This paper by Evan Mantzaris provides a critical chronicle of a strike by radical white metalworkers at the Denver Engineering Works on the Witwatersrand, organised through a workers’ committee.

Dewi Bowln: Merthyr Rising

A collection of images by Dewi Bowlen about the Merthyr rising.

1831: the Merthyr Rising and Dic Penderyn

An account of an brief uprising in South Wales in 1831 and the fate of Richard Lewis, known as Dic Penderyn. The uprising was the largest outbreak of working class resistance in Britain during industrialisation and was the first time the Red Flag was used as a symbol of rebellion.

The man that was hung

A 1917 article from the International Socialist Review about the murder of Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) organizer, Frank Little. We do not approve of the offensive reference to Native Americans but reproduce this text in its entirety for historical accuracy.

The party is haunting us again

NUMSA members

The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) recently split from the African National Congress (ANC). As part of this it is exploring establishing a mass workers' party in South Africa. This article examines why this path is deeply flawed.

The Christmas Eve Calumet massacre, 1913

Just some of the child victims of that day

A short history of the biggest mass murder in Michigan history: the massacre of 73 people, mostly the children of striking miners at a Christmas party on Christmas Eve in 1913.

Battles in the Telluride mines, 1901-1903 - Louis Adamic

Smuggler-Union mine, Colorado

A short history of the striking workers who took over the mines in Telluride, Colorado, and the illegal methods the state used to eventually defeat them.

Fighting back in Ukraine - Oleg Dubrovskii with Simon Pirani

pamphlet cover

This short pamphlet was put together by Simon Pirani in 1996/7 from a series of interviews with Ukrainian worker activist Oleg Dubrovskii. It’s of general interest in relation to the way that life for the workers changed when the old Soviet Union disintegrated, but also provides some useful background information to what’s happening in the Ukraine today.