on-the-job action

'Photocopying? No thanks!' Teachers 'work to rule' in force

Since 1st December, teachers in the NASUWT have been on a 'work to rule', engaging only in tasks within their job description in an attempt to tackle workload issues.

Workmates: direct action workplace organising on the London Underground

Pamphlet cover

In the late 1990s, plans to outsource track maintenance on the London Underground were being pushed through by the government. Workers at one depot responded by forming a new workplace group, both inside and outside the existing union, the RMT. This pamphlet charts the highs and lows of the Workmates collective, highlighting their successes and failures, their radically democratic organising method and their creative forms of direct action. We hope it can provide an inspiration to other workers frustrated with the limits of the existing workplace organisations.

Postal worker solidarity defeats compulsory overtime - Rachel Stafford

One worker's account and analysis of a wave of wildcat stoppages and collective refusals of "forceback" compulsory overtime in the Canadian post office.

Go slow strike at Mondragon factory

FagorMastercook factory

Workers fight for wage increase at FagorMastercook in Poland, part of the Mondragon capital group.

Alternative crew handbook - McDonalds Workers Resistance

The notorious 'alternative crew handbook' produced by rebel McDonalds employees, containing everything a disgruntled worker and needs to know to get on in the job. This is the document management do NOT want you to read...

Anti-austerity strikes hamper tourism in Greece

Strikes by airspace control officers and petrol-carrying truck drivers are causing long delays and serious lack of fuel across Greece.

Letter from Fiat workers in Tychy

The following is a letter sent from an underground group of workers in Fiat Poland in Tychy.

Labor discipline and the decline of the soviet system - Don Filtzer

The issue of labor discipline lay at the very heart of the antagonistic relationship between the Soviet elite and its work force. Soviet industry was plagued with high labor turnover, absenteeism, heavy drinking, and slow work. Don Filtzer explains how this encouraged the system's eventual collapse.

Workers' resistance and the demise of East Germany - Jeffrey Kopstein

1953 East German strike

Jeffrey Kopstein argues how the everyday resistance of East German workers could wear down a despotic state over four decades until it was eventually overthrown.

Techy Wage increase attempt at Convergys in Gurgaon

An account of an unsuccessful attempt of call centre workers in Gurgaon, India, to inflate their wages by forging positive feedback.