General strike

1926: How the TUC betrayed the General Strike

The 1926 General Strike is rich in lessons for today. Dave Stockton looks at how the ruling class prepared for it while the unions leaders did not. In the mid-1920s the Miners Federation of Great Britain (MFGB) had almost a million members, and was the militant core of the working class movement. Coal was still […]

Workers Power  ·  15 October 2012

Say Yes to a General Strike on #Oct20!

The Trades Union Congress has agreed to consider the practicality of a general strike in response to the government’s austerity programme. Their first step should be to ask their 6 million members what they think. Are they willing to take action in defence of jobs, wages, pensions, health and education? The entire left should be […]

Workers Power  ·  15 October 2012

Pentonville Five: when dockers fought the law and won

Forty years ago, four London dockers were arrested and held in north London’s Pentonville Prison. The next morning a fifth was arrested outside while protesting at their arrest. Yet within five days the Pentonville Five were freed by a wave of unofficial action and the threat of a general strike. Dave Stockton looks at the […]

Workers Power  ·  10 September 2012

Condemn the Marikana massacre – unite to win demands

  Statement of the League for the Fifth International 20 August 2012 The League for the Fifth International condemns the brutal massacre – reminiscent of the Apartheid era – of 34 striking miners at the Marikana platinum mine, Rustenburg, South Africa. We condemn the actions of the British-based Lonmin owners for refusing to negotiate an […]

Workers Power  ·  20 August 2012

Pensions: left leaders in retreat — only the organised rank and file can restart the fight

By Mark Booth AFTER A TURBULENT week of union executive meetings, 300 militants packed into Friends Meeting House for an emergency conference to fight the pensions sell out. It soon became clear to everyone at Unite the Resistance’s gathering that the PCS and NUT leaders would not be calling more strikes in the next few […]

Workers Power  ·  16 January 2012

After 30 November – escalate the action to win!

Workers Power leaflet for the picket lines and protests on N30 • No concessions on pensions • Link up all the struggle against all the cuts • With the officials where possible, without them where necessary • Forward to a general strike to bring down the Tories

Workers Power  ·  29 November 2011

General strike in Egypt as revolution enters new phase

In the last days a general strike has rocked Egypt. The strike movement illustrates how the Egyptian revolution is entering a new phase, as workers come to the fore of the struggle to dislodge the military junta from power. Here we publish the statement of the Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions, who have led […]

Workers Power  ·  07 September 2011

General strike: Chilean workers and students unite

Massive student protests and strikes have rocked Chile as people fight back against education cuts by the unpopular right wing government, write Jeremy Dewar and Dave Stockton

Workers Power  ·  31 August 2011

Another general strike hits Greece – but is it enough to win?

Mass anger has again hit the streets of Athens in a general strike against the austerity measures killing the country. John Bowman reports for

Workers Power  ·  15 June 2011

Editorial: We need to get organised

Resistance is growing to Cameron and Clegg’s vicious cuts programme. There is a wave of enthusiasm for the 30 June strikes – civil servants from the PCS union, teachers and education workers from the UCU, NUT and ATL unions are all gearing up to take coordinated action alongside one another. They are taking action against […]

Workers Power  ·  30 May 2011

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