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The Day British Seamen Said "No!" - A history of the Amalric Revolt

This is an account of the strike of British ships’ crews in New 
Zealand during October and November 1975. “Strike of ships’ 
crews” is a correct description of what occurred. In no way 
was it a strike of the National Union of Seamen; indeed the 
NUS, or more exactly its paid officials, its bureaucracy, did 
their damnedest to dismember and smash the strike.

The last mutineer

Clyde McKay, left, and Alvin Glatkowski, in front of the prison ship

Article by Richard Linnett and Roberto Loiederman about the spectacular mutiny on the USS Columbia Eagle and what befell the mutineers afterwards. Two of the crew hijacked the ship, which was transporting napalm to drop on Vietnam, and sailed it to Cambodia.

La Mortula Ŝipo

Rakonto pri Ŝipo ke sinkis por la asekuro mono.

Volume 7 Issue 12

Mother Earth Vol. VII. No. 12 (February, 1913). 395–396.

The Factory Hell: Eleanor Marx

Pamphlet describing working conditions in 19th century mills and factories in Britain and the futility of reforms to deal with these abuses.

Cross-border Amazon workers meeting

Rally in Poznan, September 12, 2015

In mid-September, Amazon worker activists from Poland and Germany met in Poznan to further coordinate their workplace struggles. Through earlier meetings links had been established across the border, enabling workers to communicate directly during strikes in German Amazon warehouses throughout the year and a slowdown strike in the Poznan warehouse at the end of June 2015.

The headscarf revolutionaries - DD Johnston

The Headscarf Revolutionaries marching to confront the bosses, Hull, 1968

D.D. Johnston reviews Brian Lavery’s The Headscarf Revolutionaries, an account of a spontaneous campaign by fishermen’s wives in Hull, which following the 1968 triple-trawler disaster forced major changes to UK shipping laws.

Wobbly driplines: strikes, stowaways & the SS Manuka

Built in 1903 and wrecked off New Zealand’s southern coast in 1929, the Manuka was a floating fragment of class society—and of class warfare. This article uses the Manuka to tell the wider story of syndicalism, transnationalism, anti-militarism, and the IWW in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The SS Columbia Eagle mutiny, 1970 - Steven Johns

A short history of the most spectacular American naval mutiny during the Vietnam war, where two sailors hijacked a ship full of napalm and sailed it to Cambodia.

100 Years Ago: The Philadelphia dockers strike and Local 8 of the IWW - Mouvement Communiste and Kolektivně proti Kapitălu

cartoon from IWW leaflet - "hold fast, buddie, we got 'em"

A text published to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of an important strike launched by the IWW on the Philadelphia docks, analysing both the strengths and weaknesses of the IWW at the time.

Also made available as PDF and MOBI (Kindle) files.