strikes

The national campaign against IKEA in Italy

‘The warehouse worker has no fear’: this is the slogan that has been backing the national day against IKEA launched by the two grassroots unions S.I. Cobas and ADL Cobas for the 26th of July. The campaign against the well-known ready-to-assemble furniture company is inscribed in a longer round of struggles within the logistics sector.

The trial of a new society - Justus Ebert

Justus Ebert's pamphlet on the Lawrence textile strike and the trials of Ettor, Giovannitti and Caruso, IWW organizer falsely charged with murder in connection to the strike. Written in 1913.

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 tragic week, Spain 1909 - Murray Bookchin

General strike, Barcelona, 1909

Murray Bookchin's history of the "tragic week": a spontaneous workers' uprising in Catalonia, Spain, which was isolated and crushed by the government, leaving hundreds dead.

The 1934 Toledo Auto-Lite Strike - James Howard

A paper by James Howard about the 1934 Toledo Auto-Lite strike.

When the union's the enemy: an interview with Cleo Silvers

Cleo Silvers, a former organizer with the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, discusses racism in the labor movement with Andrew Elrod.

Reflections on a rowdy picket line: The July 20th Ritzy strike

Cinema workers have been some of the leading lights of the class struggle in London. A primarily young workforce, they've been active in forming unions and going on strike. How are we, as radicals, to relate to this new wave of struggle that encompasses both self-organisation and trade unionism?

"We were the poor people": The Hormel strike of 1933 - Larry D. Engelmann

An article by Larry D. Engelmann about the 1933 Hormel strike, organized by the IWW-influenced Independent Union of All Workers (IUAW).

The 1916 Minnesota miners' strike against U.S. Steel - Robert M. Eleff

An article by Robert M. Eleff detailing a 1916 strike which involved the IWW, in the Iron Range of Minnesota.

Images from the South-St. Paul CIO-United Packinghouse Workers ̓strike of 1948

Images from a CIO strike in the meatpacking industry in St. Paul, Minnesota. The strike dragged on for months, picket lines were broken by the National Guard, and the strike was lost.