An account by Demogorgon, a left communist clerical worker and member of the International Communist Current, of the run-up to an day of the joint union strike action in UK universities, including a leaflet she/he distributed beforehand. We do not necessarily agree with all of bit but reproduce it for reference and discussion.
Following a four day shutdown of hundreds of factories by strikes and a series of violent confrontations involving tens of thousands of people, Bangladeshi garment workers have forced the bosses into a 77% rise to the minimum wage, although it is still the lowest minimum wage in the world. This victory will hopefully be a catalyst to other garment workers in India, China, Cambodia, and Laos, who are being held back from confrontation by the boss’s threats of relocation and dismissals.
This 1998 book traces the development of workers' struggles in China from the 1950s to the Tianenmen movement of 1989 and beyond. It looks at the role played by worker discontent in the direction taken by state campaigns such as the 1956-7 Hundred Flowers movement, the Cultural Revolution and the April Fifth Movement of 1976, as well as in the Democracy Wall movement and the 1989 Democracy Movement. The author is keen to demolish the myth of Chinese workers as politically conformist supporters of the Communist Party and makes a convincing case for a basic continuity in forms of workers' self-organisation and "economic" and "political" demands, right from the 1950s through to the 1990s.
More than 2,000 longshore members of the International Longshoremen's Association walked off the job at the Port of Baltimore, the 12th largest in the U.S. by container volume. This crippled the import of high value commodities like BMW, Fiat and Mazda automobiles. The dispute is based on workers at the port refusing a coastwide contract -- covering ports from Maine to Texas.