strikes

Emma Tenayuca and the 1938 pecan shellers' strike

Emma Tenayuca with strikers in 1938

A short account of the life of Emma Tenayuca and the Texas pecan shellers' strike of largely Hispanic workers in which she played a leading role.

The beginning of the sit‐down era: The reminiscences of Rex Murray

An account by Rex Murray, a local union president, of the 1934 sit-down strike by rubber workers in Akron, Ohio.

Wild class struggles in Paris ...

Wild protests in Paris and ...

More than 5.6 million French people went on strike on Tuesday. The strike targeted its sting against proposals that could lead to lower wages and worsen career opportunities.

Indefinite teachers strike in Slovakia has started

Teachers in Slovakia have begun an indefinite strike today. They demand higher wages, more money to be invested into education and changes in the system of teachers’ further education. The strike is organized by the Initiative of Slovak Teacher (ISU; www.isu.sk) which is an independent network of teachers regardless of union affiliation.

Building a community: construction workers in Stevenage 1950-1970

Construction workers in Stevenage

Interesting pamphlet about the workers who built the new town of Stevenage, commissioned by the government in 1946. Constructed from interviews with the workers themselves, they discuss their disputes with the employers and their building of a community.

Battles on the Barbican: the struggle for trade unionism in the British building industry, 1965–7 - Charlie McGuire, Linda Clarke and Christine Wall

Construction workers at the Barbican. Photograph by John Steeden.

History of the industrial disputes and workers' struggles on the Barbican construction site 1965-1967.

Building the Barbican 1962-1982: taking the industry out of the dark ages

Workers on the Barbican site, 1965

Fantastic pamphlet on the workers' struggles during the construction of the brutalist masterpiece the Barbican in central London. Told largely in the words of the workers themselves.

The 1937 and 1938 San Francisco retail strikes - Michael B Reagan

Retail strikers, San Francisco 1938

A history of the Department Store Employees Union Local 1100 and the 1937 and 1938 San Francisco retail strikes.

Atlanta's washerwomen strike, 1881

African-American washerwomen, 19th-century

A short history of the strike of overwhelmingly African-American women laundresses in Atlanta Georgia. Coming only shortly after the abolition of slavery, the strike was successful in raising wages and establishing a union.

Sit-down strikes by women in 1937 - Ivan Greenberg

Cigar makers on sitdown strike, Detroit 1937

A short account of women workers' participation in the sit down strike wave which swept the US in 1937.