strikes

On "Autonomy in India"

"What we see the workers doing, and what we hear of from other places today, gives the impression that some great churning is taking place which we dare not try to fit unthinkingly into existing moulds bequeathed to us by past experience."

Autonomy in India: Tactical and Strategic Considerations on the New Wave of Workers’ Struggles

Recent workers’ struggles in India prompt us to examine the concept of autonomy more closely. Movements in the Gurgaon-Manesar region have consciously or unconsciously addressed the reality of the social factory and have combined mobilizations from below and mass initiative with the need to formulate an appropriate strategy and effective set of tactics.

When toil meant trouble: Butte's labour heritage

1914: radical miners attack their union HQ for being too close with management

A short roundup of key events in working class history in Butte, Montana, with a labour history timeline from the 19th century up to 1986, by George Everett.

Review: Cesar Chavez, the United Farm Workers, and the Question of Unions in Contemporary Capitalism

Cesar Chavez

Loren Goldner's extensive review and analysis of Frank Bardacke. Trampling Out The Vintage. Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers (Verso).

Violence in the 1979 Imperial Valley Lettuce strike

LA Times article from 1986 discussing the court hearings about violence deployed during the Imperial Valley lettuce strike 1979. The article is not sympathetic to the workers, but contains information not easily found elsewhere.

Lettuce Strike Apparently Succeeding Despite Odds

Washington Post article from 5th February 1979 on the Imperial Valley Lettuce Strike

Bloody fight in lettuce fields

Chicago Tribune article on from February 25th 1979 on the Imperial Valley Lettuce Strike.

Feb 26th 1979 report on the Imperial Valley lettuce strike

Article published in the New York Times with the headlineLettuce Strike Crippling 40% of California Output

Account on the conditions leading up to the 1979 Imperial Valley Lettuce Strike

An account by a farm worker on industrial background to the Imperial Valley California lettuce workers strike of 1979. Written for the National Ministry of Farm Workers.

Gender politics in the Korean transition to democracy

Jeong-Lim Nam's essay on Korean women's battles against dictatorship in the 1980s.