strikes

1905: Swedish workers threaten general strike against war with Norway

Police guard trams during the 1909 Swedish general strike

In 1905 the Union between Sweden and Norway unravelled. In response the Swedish right pushed war while the Swedish workers threatened a general strike to cripple the war effort.

1919: Prison Strikes at Fort Leavenworth

In 1919 the prison population for military prisons had swelled. In response to the pressure and arbitrary sentencing inmates at the Fort Leavenworth prison started a series of prison strikes.

French West African Rail Workers Strike: 1947-48

In 1947 rail workers in French West Africa (Senegal, Benin, Ivory Coast and Guinea) struck throughout the region in protest over a discriminatory benefit regime.

Behind the camouflage; a new strike wave in the Bangladeshi garment sector

Garment workers protest - Ashulia, Dec 2016

Following a period of relative quiet after the 2013 Rana Plaza factory disaster, new struggles emerge from the garment factories.

Free Markets and Death Squads - Ricky Baldwin

A general account of union busting and state terrorism of Haitian workers organisations, including incidents carried out by reformist President Jean Paul Aristide.

US Proxies Terrorising Workers in Haiti... Again: Ricky Baldwin

An article about the use of paramilitaries and the Dominican army to terrorise Haitian workers and the lengths employers will go to break strikes.

The Leith dockers strike 1913

The Leith dockers strike of 1913 was a strike of the dockers of Leith, Scotland from 26 June to 14 August 1913. The dockers were part of the National Union of Dock Labourers (NUDL) union. The strike is said by newspaper of the time to have brought Leith to a standstill.

Rebel voices: an IWW anthology

Photo at an IWW demonstration

An extensive collection of writings by and about the Industrial Workers of the World union in the US, compiled and edited by Joyce L Kornbluh and first published in 1964.

Dixie be damned: 300 years of insurrection in the American South - Neal Shirley and Saralee Stafford

Book detailing three centuries of slave and working class rebellion in the southern states of the US.

To escape Trump's America, we need to bring the militant labor tactics of 1946 back to the future

The last general strike in the US was in Oakland in 1946. That year there were 6 city-wide general strikes, plus nationwide strikes in steel, coal, and rail transport. More than 5 million workers struck in the biggest strike wave of US history. So what happened? Why haven't we ever gone out like that again? ... When we allowed ourselves to lose our most important weapons 70 years ago, we took the first step towards Trump's America. We're stuck in the wrong timeline - if we want to get out, we have to bring the militant labor tactics of 1946 back to the future!