PDFs

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.

1974: Ethiopian General Strike

In 1974 the regime of Emperor Selassie was badly shaken, the student protests shut down the education system and there were mutinies in the army. In addition the Main Trade Union Confederation kicked off a general strike. Most of the protests where about wages and benefits, which were largely won, but the events would also mark the beginning of the Emperor's downfall.

1967-74: Ethiopia's Student Movement

The absolute regime of Emperor Haile Selassie was first challenged by university students.

1905: Swedish Workers Threaten General Strike Against War With Norway

In 1905 the Union between Sweden and Norway unravelled. In response the Swedish right pushed war while the Swedish workers threatened a general strike to cripple the war effort.

1919: Prison Strikes at Fort Leavenworth

In 1919 the prison population for military prisons had swelled. In response to the pressure and arbitrary sentencing inmates at the Fort Leavenworth prison started a series of prison strikes.

1950: Austrian General Strike

In post war Austria the rivalry between the Communist party and the Social Democrats came to ahead in 1950 with the Communist party initiated strike call out. The strike failed largely due to the resistance of the Social Democrat labour organisations.

1920: Turin General Strike

The General Strike of 1920 in the city of Turin lead to workers occupying and running the factories themselves as part of an attempt to build a socialist society.

1961-62: Dominican General Strike Ends Dictatorship

In the aftermath of the assassination of the Dictator Trujillo a general strike was initiated to oust his remaining cronies.

2006: Senior Citizens Resist Pension Cuts in Turkmenistan

In 2006 reform to pension and benefit allowances spark a series of protests throughout the country. In response the government reversed its position the following year.