mining

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.

Bullets for bread! the Featherstone massacre

A contemporary article by David Nicoll on the Featherstone massacre and the futility of parliamentary politics. On 7th September, 1893, locked-out miners in the pit town of Featherstone, West Yorkshire confronted their bosses. In response, troops were called in and they proceeded to fire on the workers. Published in the The Anarchist: A Revolutionary Journal of Anarchist Communism.

Armageddon at Implat's wildcat strike? Mine eruptions escalate in South Africa

Protesting miners throw rocks at police near Impala Platinum's Rustenburg mine.

22 February 2012. South African miners are in the fifth week of a wildcat strike that has paralysed the Rustenburg mine of Impala Platinum, the biggest producer of platinum in the world. The last few days have seen antagonism erupt into increasingly militant action.

Strike wave in Indonesia

Workers clashing with security forces during a protest in Bekasi on Friday Janua

The Indonesian economy has been booming due to high prices for the commodities it is based on, but living costs are also rising and there is a strong sense that the country’s economic successes have not been shared. This has triggered a number of strikes across Indonesia in late 2011 and the start of 2012, some of which have succeeded in gaining higher wages.

The Corporation (Documentary)

The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary is critical of the modern-day corporation, considering its legal status as a class of person and evaluating its behaviour towards society and the world at large as a psychiatrist might evaluate an ordinary person. This is explored through specific examples. Bakan wrote the book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, during the filming of the documentary.

The 1842 Strike

In the summer of 1842 a great wave of strikes engulfed Lancashire and Yorkshire. The wave began in the Staffordshire coalfield in July when the miners went on strike for fewer hours and more pay. They also linked economic with political demands when a meeting passed a resolution stating that “nothing but the People’s Charter can give us a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work’.” Miners marched from pit to pit spreading the strike as far north as Stockport.

Where has all my money gone you vile insidious woman?

The great privatisation swindle has meant that we are indirectly paying twice for some services. Successive governments has trousered trillions from the legalised thievery that was made popular by 'that woman'. Where has my money gone, and can I have it back please?