PDFs

1857: Brazilian Slaves Strike Against ID Tags

In 1857 a mix of slaves and free black labourers struck to resist an ID tag system and tax on their trade.

1919-21: Trinidadian General Strike

Returning soldiers from WWI

Frustrations over racism and low wages lead to a series of strikes from 1919-21, involving every sector and most ethnic groups on the islands.

1964: Sudanese General Strike

A general strike successfully defeated the ruling military Junta and temporarily halted a campaign of discrimination against the countries southern population. This event is known as the October Revolution.

1946: Haitian Student Strike

In 1946 a group of Marxist students opposed to the Dictatorship of Elie Lescot, started a student movement that grew into a general strike ousting the Dictator.

1945: Black Rhodesian Rail Workers Strike

Black workers on the Rhodesian Rail way (Zimbabwe and Zambia) struck against unfair working conditions and company racism.

1913: Barcelona Textile Strike

A strike by women in the cities textile industry against discrimination and working conditions.

1944: El Salvador General Strike Brings Down Dictatorship

In 1944 El Salvadoran Dictator General Maximiliano Hernández Martínez had successfully crushed several armed revolts. But a General strike eventually forced him from power.

1947: Mombasa General Strike

In 1947 the city of Mombasa was paralysed by a general strike by its black African workforce in an attempt to end pay disparities, especially along colour lines.

1953: Prisoner Strikes at the Vorkuta Gulag

In 1953 following news of Stalin's death inmates in gulag complex in Vorkuta struck in protest of their conditions. In response the Soviet Authorities violently crushed the strike.

1907: Iranian General Strike

During the instability of the Constitutional Revolution of 1907 Iranian workers launched a series of strikes to achieve reforms, particularly land redistribution, the right to strike and an 8 hour day.