Seeing past the luxury label part II: H&M in Hamburg, Germany and their suppliers in Delhi, India

Interesting look at the working conditions and workers' resistance in H&M warehouses in Germany and factories in India.

Are slums another planet? - Bruno Astarian

Bangladesh slum dweller fights back 2013

Bruno Astarian critiques the ideology that reduce slum dwellers to passive victims -- becoming "surplus populations" -- and rejects the flawed reasoning that says they can't be part of the proletariat, nor become conscious. Astarian shows how insurgent workers in slums are fully engaged in some of the most inspiring examples of class struggle today.

Workers of the world, faint!

Just over two years ago, at the Anful Garments Factory in Kompong Speu Province, Cambodia, a young worker named Chanthul and 250 of her colleagues collapsed in a collective spell of fainting. They had to be hospitalized; the production line shut down.

Uprising of 20,000 - Tony Michels

A short history of a massive general strike of 20,000, mostly female and Jewish, garment workers which lasted 11 weeks and won significant improvements.

The binds that tie: unions, ‘solidarity’, civil society and foreign policy in Bangladesh

Striking Tuba workers

A look at the new unions emerging as part of the reforms of the garment industry – and Western influences on them. Plus workers continue to struggle to be paid what they are owed...

The 1935 Strutwear strike: ‘The stories of the workers are different’ - Elizabeth Faue

1935: Pickets and striking workers at the Strutwear Knitting Company, Minneapoli

An article by Elizabeth Faue about the 1935 Strutwear strike in Minneapolis.

The struggle of the 'mill girls': class consciousness in early 19th century New England - Ian Schlom

This article traces the development of class consciousness of and the antagonism between the capitalists and the Lowell and Lawrence "Mill Girls" in the earlier half of the 19th Century in New England.

Better late than never - Needle Trades Action Workers Committee

This is a 1981 shop leaflet from the Needle Trades Workers Action Committee, a rank and file group within UAW district 65 textile shops.

The autobiography of Mother Jones

Portrait of Mother Jones

The autobiography of Mary Harris Jones, more commonly known as Mother Jones. The "most dangerous woman in America" and a committed organizer for several unions including the Knights of Labor and the IWW. She was also active in the fight to end child labour and organise every mine.

Civilization in Southern Mills

Two boys working on textile loom

An article by Mother Jones on the working conditions of the South.