Tag: strikes

Wildcat strike in the North Sea

23 May, 2022 · United Kingdom

One of the rigs involved in a wildcat strike in the North Sea.
One of the rigs involved in a wildcat strike in the North Sea.

Workers on oil rigs in the British North Sea have begun a wildcat strike that is affecting oil production. Employers and unions are pressuring them to give up the struggle. And yet the strike continues to spread. It could mark a turning point in the workers’ response to the crisis across Europe.

The “John Deere brigade” war meme: from romanticism to class reality

13 March, 2022 · Ukraine · Critique of ideology

John Deere, a symbol of war propaganda
John Deere, a symbol of war propaganda

The media continue to broadcast patriotic scenes of the war in Ukraine. One of the latest is the “John Deere Brigade”, a supposedly heartwarming scene where Ukrainian farmers are resisting the invasion by towing abandoned Russian armored vehicles towards Ukrainian forces. All of this while turning the brand new green John Deere tractors into a patriotic “symbol” garnished with light blue-yellow backgrounds and flags. But the war does not mean the same thing to the different social classes.

The Kellogg’s strike, tiered agreements and union goals

15 December, 2021 · USA

During the Kellogg's strike the unions not only divided the palantillas, they also launched xenophobic messages against Mexican workers who allegedly "steal work" from US plants when they are exploited by the same company in Mexico.
During the Kellogg's strike the unions not only divided the palantillas, they also launched xenophobic messages against Mexican workers who allegedly "steal work" from US plants when they are exploited by the same company in Mexico.

The Kellogg’s strike in the US continues after two months despite union attempts to end the strike as soon as possible and threats by the company to fire the strikers. While Biden takes the opportunity to advertise himself once again as the most pro-union president since Roosevelt, the company tries to take the “tiered” agreements signed by the unions to their ultimate consequences and the unions tell workers not to complain about the 12-hour workdays and instead leave things as they were prior to 2015.

Strikes return to Zhanaozen ten years after the massacre

21 July, 2021 · Kazakhstan

Striking workers camped in yurts in Zhanaozen
Striking workers camped in yurts in Zhanaozen

Right now there are workers from half a dozen companies camped out in permanent and open assembly, incorporating workers from sectors that remain in apparent normality. Everything points to the fact that we may be in the first moments of a mass strike, spontaneously self-organized and centralized in an open assembly of workers at Zhanaozen.

Strikes in Georgia

28 May, 2021 · Caucasus

Strikes in Georgia: workers protest at Borjomi
Strikes in Georgia: workers protest at Borjomi

These past few days the Russian press has been talking about an epidemic of strikes in Georgia, a country in the Caucasus where for decades working class protests have been swamped by nationalism. What is going on and what is driving the strikes in Georgia?