Palestine Israeli military steps up targeting of media offices in Gaza [IFJ] 17-05-2021
Palestine / Israel Palestinians to walk out in general strike in Israel and the occupied territories [Morning star] 17-05-2021
Bangladesh / Global Global unions to withdraw from unenforceable garment factory safety scheme in Bangladesh [UNI Global Union] 13-05-2021
Iran VIDEO Free jailed teacher trade unionist Esmail Abdi now [LabourStart] 13-05-2021
1853 Germany The legal minimum age to work in a factory is fixed at 10 years, and the work day limited to six hours for children.
1928 United States of America "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow.
1931 France Start of a general strike in the textile industry after the announcement of a drop in wages. 112,000 strikers in Roubaix and 43,000 in Tourcoing. The CGTU does not call for a return to work until July 29.
1941 Belgium The anti-Nazi 'Strike of the 100,000' ended. The Nazis were forced to grant an 8% pay increase, before arresting hundreds of strikers and sending many to the concentration camps.
1942 Germany The Baum group, Jewish factory workers, broke into a Nazi anti-Soviet exhibition and set fire to it. In retaliation, the Gestapo rounded up all 30 members +500 others and executed them all.
1952 Canada The American singer and activist Paul Robeson performs for more than 25,000 people at a union-sponsored concert at the Peace Arch between Washington State and British Columbia. His passport had been revoked and he was prevented from crossing the border.[more]
1968 Senegal The Senegalese May 68 began when students began a "general strike" against a cut to student grants. Despite repression the movement grew and eventually culminated in a workers' general strike and won many concessions.
1979 France In Longwy in Lorraine, clashes with the police took place to protest against the jamming of the pirate radio organized by the CGT, "Lorraine heart of steel".
1980 Korea The workers of Gwangju, after robbing local armories and police stations, rose up against their brutal US-backed dictator, Chun Doo-hwan. Though bloodily crushed it helped ignite a chain of similar rebellions across Asia.
1995 Ukraine Workers at a factory in Dnepropetrovsk walked out against non-payment of wages in March. By the end of the day they won, then continued the strike with new demands.