“Mothers’ Strike” is a documentary that portrays the living conditions of the striking women in Walbrzych, Poland in 2010, their struggle against local authorities, conflicts with welfare institutions and their attempts at self-organizing.
The following text was written in summer 2011 by some of those behind the documentary:
A short 15 minute documentary that chronicles the struggles and victories of the Starbucks Workers Union, from how it formed to members continue to organize.
Produced by Diane Krauthamer.
Please contact diane [AT] indymedia.org if you would like to purchase a full-length version, proceeds benefitting the IWW Starbucks Workers Union.
Signed, sealed and delivered: 1978 strike against mandatory overtime, speedups and hazardous working conditions
On July 21, 1978 thousands of postal workers walked off the job, saying "No" to mandatory overtime, forced speedups and hazardous working conditions. As a result of this wildcat strike, 600,000 workers won better contracts. But 200 were arbitrarily fired by management to teach all postal workers a lesson. This documentary is the story of the struggle these postal workers waged to win back their jobs.
A special Labor day (United States) documentary by Free Speech Radio News (FSRN) about the Argentine 2001 financial crisis and the rise of Cartoneros "Cardboard People" Cooperatives and the challenges they face.
Documentary about the rise of neo-nazi skinhead culture in 1980s Paris and how they were countered by a militant, multicultural underground movement. Contains interviews with participants recounting the subcultures and the street fights which made up their lives at the time.
Documentary about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, a radical black workers' group based in the car factories of Detroit. Through interviews with members, supporters and opponents as well as footage of leafleting and picket lines, the film documents their attempts to build a radical black workers' organisation to take on both management and the union and fight to improve conditions for all workers, black and white.
Fantastic series of short documentaries from Reel News about the crisis in Greece and the working class response. Featuring interviews with participants it paints a picture of the whole movement of community assemblies, workplace occupations, self-organisation and solidarity going on in Greece.
During 1955-1965 the volume of mail posted in Canada more than doubled. The number of postal workers did not - instead, the bosses forced workers to double their speed, work extra hours without overtime pay, and often forced to work over twelve hours a day. In order to keep up such a gruelling work rate – supervisors subjected workers to constant threats, bullying, and harassment.
Workers were represented by the 'close to useless' trade union - the CPEA. The union had no collective bargaining rights, and refused to even attempt to negotiate on the workers behalf.
Workers across Montreal and Vancouver started to organise on a rank and file basis outside of the official trade union.
In July 1965, workers across more than 30 cities walked off the job in wildcat strikes. They postal workers received massive public support, and despite interference from the employers, the government, and their own union – they won a huge victory, receiving huge pay rises, and much improved working conditions. The union collapsed, and two brand new unions were formed.
This documentary is the story of the workers and their strike in 1965.