strikes

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.

1937 cigar industry strike

Mary Zuk addresses sit down strikers, 1937

A history of the sit down strikes by predominantly Polish women workers in Detroit during the great depression: part of a national wave of sit-ins.

Immigrant women beat cigar company bosses - Martha Grevatt

Striking cigar workers march, 1937

A short history of the wave of sitdown strikes by predominantly Polish women cigar makers in Detroit in 1937.

The Detroit Woolworth's sitdown strike, 1937 - Marc Norton

Detroit Woolworth's sitdown strikers

A short history of the sit-in strike of women workers at Woolworth's in Detroit, which shook the nation and helped galvanise a militant working class movement which won big gains in pay and conditions.

Syndicalism on the Shopfloor: the Denver Shop-Stewards Strike, Transvaal, November-December 1919 - EA Mantzaris

This paper by Evan Mantzaris provides a critical chronicle of a strike by radical white metalworkers at the Denver Engineering Works on the Witwatersrand, organised through a workers’ committee.

The Everett massacre, 1916 - Walt Crowley

Some of the wobbly prisoners from the Everett massacre at the county jail, 1917

A short history of the Everett massacre of five members of the revolutionary Industrial Workers of the World union who had gone to support striking workers.