mining

Class struggles in the Nigerian coal industry, 1914-1949

In-depth study of working class organisation at the Enugu Government Colliery in Nigeria from its opening in 1914 until a massacre of 21 striking miners in 1949.

Asturias miners' strike photo gallery, 2012

After the government announced cuts to subsidies for Asturias' coal mines, thousands of miners have begun strikes and militant direct action in a bid to save their communities.

Coal mines ignite in Asturias (with updates)

Coal miners in the historically militant Asturias region of Spain have been fighting a bitter struggle for survival. Please see the comments below for frequent updates.

600 Mauritanian gold miners launch illegal work stoppage

Tasiast gold mine (photo CGTM)

Around 600 miners employed by Kinross, Canada's third largest gold miner, walked off the job on Monday 4th June.

The day we took the white tower

Account the occupation of Accountants Price Waterhouse offices in Glasgow in support of the South Wales Miners.

Germinal - Émile Zola

Zola's masterpiece exposing the inhuman conditions of miners in France in 1860s. This powerful novel follows a young worker who enters a mining community and leads a strike against pay cuts. Despite its defeat, he retains his belief in struggle for a better world.

The Lancashire coalfield 1945-1972: NUM-Labour Party hegemony and industrial change

An article by Stephen Catterall on the colliery closures of the fifties and sixties in the Lancashire region and the relationship between the NUM and the Labour Party.

India: workplace resistance increases

The labour movement in India is still under the control of bureaucratic leaders and political groups. However, as shown by a strike last year, among the workers of the country is gradually spreading the idea of self-organization and sovereign general assembly.

Report on the recent South African miners' strike

Report on the recent 6 week wildcat strike at Impala Platinum's Rustenberg operation, the biggest platinum mine in the world, including a timeline and a bit of background information.

The treasure of the Sierra Madre - B. Traven

B. Traven's best known novel about three men prospecting for gold in the mountains of Mexico, and the things it drives them to do.