strikes

Reflections on the 1955 Freetown Riots by a senior police officer

Freetown, 1960s

This is not a first hand account of the riots, and it is given from the point of view of a police officer, however due to the lack of information about these events online in general we make it available for reference.

The Dublin McDonald's strike, 1979

Dublin McDonald's strikers

A post-mortem of the 6 month strike by ITGWU members at Ireland's first two branches of McDonald's in Dublin by the Anarchist Workers Association.

Strike and protests against Macron's employment law

The Witch bloc headed the demonstration

Four unions called a general strike for today against French President Macron’s new employment law, this is often referred to as Macron 2 or Macron XXL, because he was behind the last revision referred to as the ‘Loi El-Khomri’ and this new law is even worse.

An appeal to Bearded Broz: the Birmingham bin strike

The following is an appeal to the volunteer group Bearded Broz. I'm asking you to avoid collecting the bins while the Birmingham bin strike now enters its ninth week. Although I feel the points I make are valid no matter who say them, I should mention that I am not affiliated with Unite, nor am I a refuse collector. I am merely a resident of Birmingham who also happens to share a Pakistani background with many of you. Although I admire your proactive attitude, I believe doing the bin men’s work while they’re on strike can only have an adverse effect on our already neglected communities.

Vietnam: 6,000 workers involved in wildcat strike at clothing factory

Various striking workers gather around a central courtyard.

Inhumane conditions and low wages have led to approximately 6,000 workers going on strike at a garment factory in Thanh Hoa province, Vietnam.

Port Adelaide struggles, 1928-1931

Strikers congregate near the police station

Photo gallery of the strikes and riots at Port Adelaide in Australia which began in 1928 when the employers introduced new working conditions. They cut workers' break time - when workers already did 16 to 48 hour shifts, and crucially strengthened the "bull system", whereby bosses would handpick workers. This meant not only workers having to wait around for hours each day to potentially not get any work but also that union workers could be denied hiring. Union leaders rapidly called off the action but workers continued to fight for three years.

Victory for Target wildcat strike as abusive manager is fired

Wildcat strikers at Target in Christiansburg, Virginia, are celebrating a victory after management agreed to meet their first demand, firing abusive manager Daniel Butler.

France: calls for general strike against Macron's reforms

Cuts to employer contributions, dismantling of the Code du travail (laws governing employment conditions), pensions reform: Macron’s government is there to complete the destruction of everything that workers have won. So militants in France are calling on workers to draw on the lessons of past struggles and launch a prolonged general strike to paralyse the economy.

Sacked workers barricade bosses inside Myanmar factory

Over 200 workers in Myanmar have escalated their strike against the unfair dismissal of a union activist, setting up barricades around the factory with bosses trapped inside.

‘It’s only the beginning’: UK McDonald’s staff take historic strike action

Workers at McDonald’s stores in Cambridge (East England) and Crayford (Southern England) are mounting historic strikes on Monday morning. Organised by the BFAWU (Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union), they will be the first ever unionised strikes at a UK McDonald’s.