mining

Riots in the Potteries in 1842

The Potteries represent the peak of the general strike of 1842. In addition to shutting down most mines mills and workshops in the area, groups of workers attacked and successfully toppled much of the local government and capital. This account though hostile in every respect contains much historical information on the events.

Ovambo migrant workers general strike for rights, Namibia: 1971-72

Ovambo miners towards the end of the strike

In the winter of 1971-72 the economy of South West Africa (Namibia) was shutdown by a general strike of contract labourers challenged the economic system emplaced by Apartheid South Africa. The strike led to the scrapping of the contract system and is seen as a watershed moment, encouraging a rapid growth of opposition movements.

Remember Ludlow!

A contemporary response to the 1914 massacre of striking miners at Ludlow Colorado.

Nicer ways to do it? Bolivian miners fighting back

Struggle, repression and contradictions in Bolivia

The general strike of 1842

As many as half a million workers may have been caught up in a strike wave which linked demands for the Charter and an end to pay cuts. This page tells the story and names the leaders.

La trezoro de la Sierra Madre: B. Traven

La plej fama romano de B. Traven. La rakonto estas pri tri viroj trovi oro en la montoj de Meksiko kaj la

Workers' control in Latin America, 1930-1979 - Jonathan C Brown

Peruvian miners on strike, 2008

A series of essays investigating the everyday acts through which Latin American workers attempted to assert more control over work processes and thereby add dignity to their lives, during the mass working class struggles in the mid-20th century. We do not agree with the leftist nationalist perspective of some of the essays but reproduce them all for the historical information therein.

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 Bisbee deportation of 1917 - Sheila Bonnand

Vigilantes force strikers to assemble

An overview of the Bisbee deportation, when over 1000 strikers in the revolutionary Industrial Workers of the World union were illegally transported by armed vigilantes to New Mexico.