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4 August 1914: the betrayal of the Second International

By Dave Stockton THE SECOND International, founded in 1889, was an organisation of the world’s socialist, social democratic and labour parties. From its founding conference in Paris it set out…

30th anniversary: the Battle of Orgreave

Thirty years ago in the Yorkshire coalfield, thousands of striking miners and their supporters faced an army of riot police intent on smashing the union and demoralising the pickets. Chris…

100th anniversary of Rabotnitsa: time to recreate its success

  On International Women’s Day we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Rabotnitsa (The Woman Worker). Started by a group of Bolshevik women, including Nadezhda Krupskaya, Konkordiya Samoilova and Inessa…

The Dublin lockout of 1913

In 1913 Dublin workers waged a heroic battle against their employers, the church and the police. Despite being defeated, argues Bernie McAdam, the lockout lives on as the most inspirational…

The Lessons of Chile; Popular Unity 1970-1973

This article was originally written by Stuart King for Workers Power newspaper in September 1983, on the tenth anniversary of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s coup. It has been lightly edited…

125th Anniversary of the Matchworkers’ Strike

On the 125th anniversary of the matchwomen’s strike in the East End of London, Joy Macready examines the strike’s origins and how it sparked the “New Unionism” movement “Born in…

1934: Class war in Minneapolis

  Almost 80 years ago, the city of Minneapolis was a battlefield in the class war between workers and bosses. Three strikes in 1934 shook the city and American society…

Margaret Thatcher Dies – celebrate, agitate, organise!

Dave Stockton writes an obituary to one of the most hated prime ministers in British history…

The British General Strike of 1926 – Part Two

In Workers Power 367 we saw how the Communist Part of Great Britain (CPGB) initiated the powerful rank and file Minority Movement, but became ever more uncritical supporters of the…

Fighting for the right to strike

Jeremy Dewar recounts how the anti-union laws shackled the unions and calls for defiance…

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