manufacturing and materials

"We Have to Stick Together": The Story of the Strike at Booster Precision Components

In 2021, workers in a German-owned automotive supplier in Slovakia mounted a successful strike to defend themselves against wage cuts. This is the story of their struggle.

Meccano factory occupation timeline

A timeline of the 1979 occupation of the Wavertree Meccano factory by mostly women workers, written by Dr Greig Campbell.

The fight against shutdowns: youngstown’s steel mill closings -Staughton Lynd

Out of print book from Singlejack Books in 1982. Staughton Lynd tells of his efforts to support steel workers in Youngstown, Ohio to reopen three steel mills under worker-community ownership.

Five Theses on the Class Struggle - by Anton Pannekoek

Anton Pannekoek's classic manifesto against state socialism (democratic or otherwise) and for council communism, an industrial society governed by a democracy of workers' councils

Corona crisis: Can workers avoid the job vs. health trap?

The Great Irish Cement Strike of 1970 - "FE 3 C. (CEMENT)"

Hugely entertaining account of the Peoples Democracy group's militant support for the six month unofficial strike by cement workers in Drogheda and Limerick in 1970.

From Anarchy #6 (second series) 1971.

'Living and Dying on the Factory Floor’ - by Dave Ranney

This book is a thoughtful and easy-to-read account of the author's experiences in various industrial workplaces in the US in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

“This is overdue”: Interview with a striking General Motors worker

Striking GM workers rally in front of the Lexington Avenue plant in Rochester, N

As General Motors reaped $8.1 billion in profit and paid its CEO $22 million, nearly 50,000 GM workers have been on strike since Monday. While workers gave major concessions during the previous recession the company is digging in it’s heels over wages and has even cut off healthcare plans for workers. Marianne Garneau of Organizing Work interviewed Lynn, a rank-and-file UAW and Black Rose/Rosa Negra member, on strike at a components plant in Rochester.

Review of ‘Hired’ by James Bloodworth

1933: Barre Granite Workers Strike

Account of a strike by Quarrymen in Vermont in 1933.