textiles

17,000 Egyptian textile workers on all-out strike

Once again the workers of Mahallah have gone on strike against both management and unions over the non-payment of wages.

The Story of William Cuffay, Black Chartist

An excerpt from Peter Fryer's Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain on William Cuffay, black tailor and leader of the London Chartists. Reprinted with footnotes by Past Tense in 2005.

Stitched Up

An account of working conditions and class relations in a small business.

Joseph Ettor, 1885-1948

Joseph Ettor

A short biography of Industrial Workers of the World union organiser, Joseph Ettor, written by the Black Rose Anarchist Federation.

Everlasting Murder

A contemporary anarchist response to the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire, 1911.

Notes on a factory uprising in Yangon

Yangon H&M factory
Soe Lin Aung examines a recent strike-cum-riot at a Chinese-owned H&M supplier in Myanmar, digging beyond the headlines into its local context and broader political significance.

House to Goddess of the House: Gender, Class and Silk in 19th Century Mount Lebanon

An essay on the development of capitalism in Lebanon and the effects it had upon gender roles. Mainly focusing on women workers in the silk industry from a Christian Lebanese background.

1987-88: Lunafil Strike in Guatemala City

Detailed account of a lengthy strike by textile workers in Guatemala who risked lockouts and death to maintain their working conditions.

Iturbe, Lola aka Kyra Kyralina aka Kiralina (1902-1990)

Lola Iturbe

A short biography of the Spanish anarchist Lola Iturbe, fighter for women's liberation

1992-96: Asian Immigrant Garment Workers Protests

An account of the struggle of mostly immigrant Asian garment workers for work compensation and improvements in conditions.