Tag: direct action
Strikes, protests, collective action: “hustling” wasn’t always how workers fought to afford living costs
Most people today are coping with the rising cost of living individually: cost cutting, looking for a better paid job, taking on “side hustles”, and so on. But not so long ago, many workers globally and in Aotearoa New Zealand approached the same problem in far more collective ways.
The 2012 Quebec Student General Strike
Originally published at studentstrike.net (now defunct), CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 Printable PDF pamphlet below Introduction In February 2012, students in Quebec launched an unlimited general strike to fight back against a 75% hike in university tuition fees. Contrary to the expectations of many, the strike movement lasted more than six months, morphing into one of the largest periods…
Every Boss has a Weak Spot. Find it and Use it.
By Alexandra Bradbury, Jane Slaughter and Mark Brenner for LaborNotes This article is excerpted from the Labor Notes book Secrets of a Successful Organizer, available for $15 at labornotes.org/secrets. Steel production in the late 1800s used to require one crucial step: a 20-minute process called the “blow” that removed impurities, strengthening the metal. It was not unheard…
The Angry Workers’ West London Solidarity Network
Originally published in chapter 2 of Class Power on Zero-Hours from PM Press, CC BY-NC 4.0 In this area of town, where English is a second language and people are getting to grips with the bureaucracy of a new country, navigating life and work can be tricky. We should find ways to support each other…