Tag Archives: General strike

April 1920: Revolutionary General Strike in Ireland

One hundred years ago this month, workers downed tools and took over their workplaces and towns. What began as a hunger strike in prison grew into a general strike against British Imperialism that pointed in the direction of socialism and workers’ power. Manus Lenihan gives an account of these colossal events.  One hundred years ago revolution was sweeping across Ireland ...

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France. Build for an indefinite general strike everywhere!

By Nicolas Croes (our sister organisation in Belgium) The first day of strikes and protests against French President Macron’s proposed reform of the pension system was a resounding and historic success. On Thursday 5th December, there were nearly 250 demonstrations across France attended by no less than 1,5 million people. This compares with the first day of the movement against ...

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Mass general strike in India

Article by members of New Socialist Alternative, our sister organisation in India, about the 150 million strong general strike against the Modi government. India’s Working Class people have a tremendous history of showing their built-up anger and collective bargaining strength time and again through General Strikes. Since the arrival of the disastrous policies of neo-liberalism in 1991, the working class ...

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100 years on: When working class power defeated conscription

April 2018 marks the one hundredth anniversary of a historic general strike in Ireland. Cillian Gillespie looks at the events of this strike and the revolutionary potential that existed in this movement to unite workers north and south.  23 April 1918 was a decisive day in the history of the working-class movement in Ireland. In the words of the self-proclaimed ...

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General strikes and mass demonstration in Barcelona: Eyewitness report

Mick Barry, Solidarity TD and a member of the Socialist Party, gives an eyewitness report on yesterday’s general strike and enormous demonstration in Barcelona against police repression and for the right to self-determination. Mick was as an international observer for the referendum held last Sunday in Catalonia. More than a million people joined a Barcelona general strike demonstration last night, ...

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“Nuit Debout”: French workers and young people take to the streets

By Naomi Byron Striking workers from the railways, car factories, supermarkets, hospitals, offices and banks joined students and youth in mass demonstrations across France on 28 April. Led by lycée (further education) students, the Paris march was 60,000 strong, according to the CGT union federation. This was the latest day of action in a growing movement against a labour law ...

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