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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.”

The advance skirmishes of the German Revolution (1917-1918) and Richard Müller – Charles-André Udry

A brief introduction to Richard Müller, the leader of the revolutionary shop stewards (Revolutionäre Obleute) among the German metal workers during World War One, and his role in the mass strikes in the German munitions industry in 1917 and 1918, with excerpts from his book, Eine Geschichte der Novemberrevolution (A History of the November Revolution) (1924), and an official police intelligence report on the strike wave of January-February 1917 taken from the archives of the Berlin police department.

Planned strikes against Siemens job cuts in Germany

Siemens announces massive job cuts in Germany and worldwide. At the same time, the company is about to realise one of the biggest IPOs in German history. IG Metall trade Union threatens with strikes.

The women's day massacre, 1937

A striker wounded in the women's day massacre

A short account of the 19 June killing of 16 people and wounding of 283 by police during a demonstration of women and children in support of a steel workers' strike.

2005: New Caledonia Strike to Reinstate Fired Workers

When two employees were fired by their employer for strike activity their fellow workers brought the company to the brink of collapse in protest at their dismissal.

1942: Luxembuorg General Strike

List of names of the murdered strikers

The Looting of the Congo: Colette Braekman

Article on the cause and human costs of the second Congo War (1998-2003) a civil war that involved multiple armed groups, most backed by large mining concerns and foreign powers and was fought over access rights to the DRCs vast mineral deposits. Declared the bloodiest conflict in modern African history.

Workers' control in Latin America, 1930-1979 - Jonathan C Brown

Peruvian miners on strike, 2008

A series of essays investigating the everyday acts through which Latin American workers attempted to assert more control over work processes and thereby add dignity to their lives, during the mass working class struggles in the mid-20th century. We do not agree with the leftist nationalist perspective of some of the essays but reproduce them all for the historical information therein.

The Bisbee deportation of 1917 - Sheila Bonnand

Vigilantes force strikers to assemble

An overview of the Bisbee deportation, when over 1000 strikers in the revolutionary Industrial Workers of the World union were illegally transported by armed vigilantes to New Mexico.

The Belgian strike of the 100,000, 1941

Belgium: strike of the 100,000

A short history of the strike of tens of thousands of workers in Nazi-occupied Belgium, for a pay increase and against the fascist authorities.