textiles

The General Strike of 1842

As many as half a million workers may have been caught up in a strike wave which linked demands for the Charter and an end to pay cuts. This page tells the story and names the leaders.

Workers' control in Latin America, 1930-1979 - Jonathan C Brown

Peruvian miners on strike, 2008

A series of essays investigating the everyday acts through which Latin American workers attempted to assert more control over work processes and thereby add dignity to their lives, during the mass working class struggles in the mid-20th century. We do not agree with the leftist nationalist perspective of some of the essays but reproduce them all for the historical information therein.

"Fellow Workers of the White Goods Industry!"

1919 Leaflets and hand bill directed to NYC "white goods" garment workers by "The Workers Council of the White Goods Industry".

Who were the Luddites?

Illustration of a Luddite

A brief overview of the Luddite movement: militant textile workers in the UK who fought against job losses and deskilling brought about by the industrialisation of the industry.

Volume 6 Issue 2

Vol. VI APRIL, 1911 No. 2

The Factory Hell: Eleanor Marx

Pamphlet describing working conditions in 19th century mills and factories in Britain and the futility of reforms to deal with these abuses.

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.

Strength of the street: Karachi 1972 - Kamran Asdar Ali

Betrayal: Bhutto addresses crowds before the election

A short history of the mass strike in Karachi in June, 1972 following the killings of three striking factory workers by police.

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.