textiles

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.

A voice from the aliens: about the anti-alien resolution of the Cardiff Trade Union Congress

Voice from the Aliens cover image

No One Is Illegal's 2006 reprint of the first known leaflet against immigration controls, produced by Jewish textile workers in 1895.

Highs and lows of a wage rise - the new garment minimum wage

Garment worker

The Bangladeshi minimum wage board has, after long negotiations, announced a 76% increase in garment workers’ pay, applicable to all seven pay grades. This has quickly been hailed as a great victory by some observers. We’ll go into the details to show that it’s not the result the workers continue to demand and that any gains may not be long-lasting.