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114,033.  A devastating series of strikes brought the country to a halt and changed the face of British politics for ever.  Revolution indeed: Labour was cast into the wilderness for nineteen years and union power was smashed.  It was called the Winter of Discontent.  (Industrial Action & Strike & Trade Unions)  Secret History s6e8: Winter of Discontent, Channel 4 1998

 

114,034.  The trades unions were fed up after three years of incomes policy.  (Industrial Action & Strike & Trade Unions)  ibid.

 

114,035.  The first big test came with the pay negotiations at Ford … The workers wanted 30%, inside, management offered 5%.  (Industrial Action & Strike & Trade Unions)  ibid.

 

114,036.  The 5% pay limit was being ignored by almost everyone except the government.  (Industrial Action & Strike & Trade Unions)  ibid.

    

114,037.  Strikes by ambulanceman and hospital ancillary staff soon meant that nearly half the country’s hospitals could handle emergencies only.  (Industrial Action & Strike & Trade Unions)  ibid.

 

114,038.  In Liverpool even the gravediggers went on strike.  (Industrial Action & Strike & Trade Unions)  ibid.

 

114,039.  Council workers were now going on strike.  (Industrial Action & Strike & Trade Unions)  ibid.

 

114,040.  The rubbish was piling up.  (Industrial Action & Strike & Trade Unions)  ibid.

 

 

117,893.  It were 1920 in the south-west field and things was tough. The miners was trying to bring the union to West Virginia and the coal operators and their gun thugs was set on keeping ’em out.  (GBH Films & Trade Unions & West Virginia & Solidarity & Industrial Action & Mining & Strike)  Matewan ***** 1987 starring Chris Cooper & James Earl Jones & Mary McDonnell & Will Oldham & David Strathairn & Ken Jenkins & Gordon Clapp & Bob Gunton & John Mostel & Kevin Tighe & John Sayles et al, director John Sayles

 

117,894.  We did it, Mamma.  We’re going to have the union.  (GBH Films & Trade Unions & West Virginia & Solidarity & Industrial Action & Mining & Strike)  ibid.  miner  

 

117,895.  You don’t want to go there, mister.  Ain’t nuttin’ but crazy people.  (GBH Films & Trade Unions & West Virginia & Solidarity & Industrial Action & Mining & Strike)  ibid.  train guard

 

117,896.  These picks and shovels are to be considered a loan from the Stone Mountain Coal Company.  Their cost will be deducted from the first month’s pay.  (GBH Films & Trade Unions & West Virginia & Solidarity & Industrial Action & Mining & Strike)  ibid.  company man  

 

117,897.  I was with the Wobblies.  (GBH Films & Trade Unions & West Virginia & Solidarity & Industrial Action & Mining & Strike)  ibid.  convenor

 

117,898.  If you stand alone, you’re just so much shit to those people.  (GBH Films & Trade Unions & West Virginia & Solidarity & Industrial Action & Mining & Strike)  ibid.

 

117,899.  You work, they don’t: that’s all you got to know about the enemy.  (GBH Films & Trade Unions & West Virginia & Solidarity & Industrial Action & Mining & Strike)  ibid.

 

117,900.  The union didn’t have too much it could give to the people back then.  All we got in common is our misery.  (GBH Films & Trade Unions & West Virginia & Solidarity & Industrial Action & Mining & Strike)  ibid.  commentary    

 

117,901.  A new day coming: sometimes I could just about see it.  But it were a dangerous living for a union man and you didn’t dare turn you back.  It was hard time.  It was hungry times too.  The union relief was spread thin, and hope of a new day could feed your soul but leave your belly rumbling.  (GBH Films & Trade Unions & West Virginia & Solidarity & Industrial Action & Mining & Strike)  ibid.

 

 

118,301.  On May 13th the trade unions announced a general strike … the workers had their own objectives … By May 22nd that figure had swollen to ten million.  (Revolution & Protest & Dissent & Solidarity & 1960s & Trade Unions & Strike)  Vive le Revolution! Joan Bakewell on May 1968

 

 

119,122.  This was the battleground: here where we lived and worked is where we fought the enemy.  And for those of us who remain on the blacklist continue to fight.  A drab town with a population of over 100,000 where 61% of the houses are rented, 34% have no inside toilets … A battered landscape scarred by years of exploitation.  (Strike & Industrial Action & Trade Unions & Solidarity)  Ken Loach: The Wednesday Play: The Rank and File, BBC 1971

 

119,123.  There hadn’t been a strike here for a hundred years.  And the union enjoyed the protection of a closed shop where contributions were automatically deducted from workers’ pay packets.  And meetings were as rare as a sunny day on a wet weekend.  Then it happened.  (Strike & Industrial Action & Trade Unions & Solidarity)  ibid.

 

119,124.  A clown official from a bloody clown union.  (Strike & Industrial Action & Trade Unions & Solidarity)  ibid.  branch meeting

 

119,125.  We’ve lost faith in you completely.  (Strike & Industrial Action & Trade Unions & Solidarity)  ibid.

 

119,126.  But what do you do when those who are supposed to be leading the strike go out of their way to defeat it?  (Strike & Industrial Action & Trade Unions & Solidarity)  ibid.

 

119,127.  The strike is unofficial.  (Strike & Industrial Action & Trade Unions & Solidarity)  ibid.  union official

 

119,128.  That’s a reporter: they’ve had a meeting this morning of the management and the bloody union, and the management have offered three pound and the union’s accepted it.  (Strike & Industrial Action & Trade Unions & Solidarity)  ibid.  strike committee member takes phone call

 

119,129.  You’re not even entitled to hardship money.  (Strike & Industrial Action & Trade Unions & Solidarity)  ibid.  union official

 

 

121,685.  While Martin Luther King junior was leading the charge in the South, one Californian woman was fighting on the front line for workers’ rights … She might well be the most vocal activist you’ve never heard of.  (Rights & Solidarity & Activism & Trade Unions & Strike)  Dolores, news bulletin, 2017

 

121,686.  ‘But when it came time then to make it a union, the CSO decided not to support us.’  (Rights & Solidarity & Activism & Trade Unions & Strike)  ibid.  Dolores

 

121,687.  ‘The feudal wage slavery of agro-business is just an extended of the attitude that has existed in the country.’  (Rights & Solidarity & Activism & Trade Unions & Strike)  ibid.  activist  

 

121,688.  1962: ‘We had 1,000 members.  We had benefits.  We had a life insurance plan.  We had an office.  We started a credit union.’  (Rights & Solidarity & Activism & Trade Unions & Strike)  ibid.  Dolores  

 

121,689.  ‘There was so much violence against the Filipinos.’  (Rights & Solidarity & Activism & Trade Unions & Strike)  ibid.

 

121,690.  ‘Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez felt it was possible to organise farm workers when no-one believed that that was possible.’  (Rights & Solidarity & Activism & Trade Unions & Strike)  ibid.  Angela Davis

 

121,691.  ‘It was total government interference.  So this was very clearly not only a battle against the growers, it was a battle against the government and their support of the growers.’  (Rights & Solidarity & Activism & Trade Unions & Strike)  ibid.  Angela Davis

 

 

125,190.  I need 200 teachers … I need a full picket … Get me 200 bodies.  Call the Teamsters.  Maybe they can help us.  We’ll give them glasses is we have to.  (Politics & Trade Unions)  House of Cards US s1e5: Chapter 5, teachers’ union dude   

 

 

127,865.  In the summer of 1917, World War I was raging and the Queen of the Copper camps, Bisbee, Arizona, was crucial to the war effort.  Copper was essential for munitions, and the mining companies were making record profits.

 

The miners, many of them immigrants, grew tired of the unsafe working conditions, imbalance of power and the discrimination they faced in the camp.

 

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) seized upon this opportunity and came to Bisbee, to radicalize the workers and help cripple the war effort.  

 

The IWW called a strike and the townspeople were forced to choose between the strikers and the mining companies.

 

Then on July 12 1917 a posse of two thousand men, led by Sheriff Harry Wheeler, rounded up the strikers at gunpoint, threw them onto cattle cars and shipped them to the barren desert of New Mexico, leaving them to die.  

 

This event came to be known as the Bisbee Deportation.  (Industrial Action & Arizona & New Mexico & Strike & Mining & Trade Unions)  Bisbee ’17, 2018, captions  

 

127,867.  Thank you for riding the deportation express.  (Industrial Action & Arizona & New Mexico & Strike & Mining & Trade Unions)  ibid.  coach tour

 

127,868.  The Bisbee deportations seemed to disappear from the town’s history.  The story was rarely told or mentioned.  (Industrial Action & Arizona & New Mexico & Strike & Mining & Trade Unions)  ibid.    

 

 

130,318.  December 23 2008: When the GM plant closed in Dayton, Ohio, over 10,000 local jobs were lost.  In 2010 Chinese factories began ramping up investment in US manufacturing, re-opening shuttered American factories.  (Factory & Worker & Manufacturing & Trade Unions)  American Factory, Netflix 2019

 

130,319.  What we’re doing is melding two cultures together … Plenty of opportunities.  (Factory & Worker & Manufacturing & Trade Unions)  ibid.  company presenter

 

130,320.  Audience question: Is this an union shop?

 

Presenter: We are not.  It is our desire to not be.  (Factory & Worker & Manufacturing & Trade Unions)  ibid.

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