car industry

The limitations of ‘equality’ as class strategy/Book review: Trico - A victory to remember

Trico - A victory to remember, The 1976 equal pay strike at Trico Folberth, Brentford, by Sally Grovers and Vernon Merritt. Great book on an important women-led strike in 1976. We summarise the main events and then share some thoughts on struggles for 'equal pay'.

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power? Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part one

Striking workers in matamoros

Two months after workers launched wildcat strikes in the Mexican city of Matamoros, 89 “maquiladora” factories, mostly in the auto parts, electric, and metallurgical industries, have agreed to workers’ demands for a 20 percent raise and a bonus of 32,000 pesos (US$1,655)—half of the average yearly salary. The strike wave has become known across Mexico as the “20/32 movement.”

GM's plant closures stink of corruption on so many levels

GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant. Credit: wsws.org

Investors and top executives have used profits at GM to enrich themselves for years, while insisting mass layoffs are an unavoidable fact of economics.

Matamoros strike threatens to shut down North American auto industry

The strike by 70,000 auto parts workers in Matamoros, Mexico is beginning to affect production at US automobile assembly plants, raising the possibility that auto production across North America could be brought to a standstill.

E12: The League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit

League of Revolutionary Black Workers.

Episode about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit in the late 60s/early 70s, in conversation with Herb Boyd, author of Black Detroit and former member of the group, and Dan Georgakas, author of Detroit I Do Mind Dying.

Transnational radicals: labour dissent and political activism in Detroit and Turin (1950–1970) - Nicola Pizzolato

Investigates the entangled histories of radical auto-workers in Detroit and Turin who challenged capital, the state and the unions, and instead emphasized the importance of autonomous workers' struggle at the point of production for the destruction of capitalism. The article looks at the relations between black auto-workers of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement/League of Revolutionary Black Workers and the auto-workers, and workerist [operaismo] current in Italy.

Wildcat strike at Ford in Craiova

Wildcat strike at Ford in Craiova

On December 21, 2017, about 1.000 workers out of the total workforce of 4.200 carried out a wildcat strike at the Ford plant in Craiova, Romania. The Ford Automobile Craiova union had signed a contract that triggered protests amongst the workers. In that agreement, overtime bonus is being cut and flexible shift plans are being established.

China on Strike: Narratives of Workers' Resistance

China on Strike cover

This book provides a revealing window into the lives and struggles of workers organizing in China’s factories. Drawing on dozens of interviews with Chinese workers, this book documents the processes of migration, changing employment relations, worker culture, and other issues related to China’s explosive growth.

意大利菲亚特铸造厂1963年的野猫斗争

Parable of the good boss, the good unionist, and the wicked worker

意大利1960年代“工人主义”的经典作品,关于1963年菲亚特汽车公司铸造厂的“夜猫”式斗争。早期“战斗性工人调查”的探索,也介绍了“阶级构成”、“阶级重组”等概念,关于工会如何限制了工人自我行动的分析。

A spree of rebellions in the Greater Noida, India

An expansion of the Delhi-NCR region, New Okhla Industrial Development Authority - NOIDA - is an example of 21st century expansion of wage-labour based commodity production. Below, we look at some glimpses of what this entails.