Category: Trade Union History

The Inclosure Act, 1845 and birth of the landless

On 8 August, over 174 years ago, the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the Inclosure Act, 1845. One among a series of laws, majority of which was passed between 1750 and 1860, it allowed for commons, or communally held and cultivated land and pastures to be converted into pieces of individual property to which […]

100 years ago: Nationalisation of all basic industries in Russia

Immediately after the Russian Revolution in 1917, the young government was not prepared to take over the industries but wanted to establish workers’ control. The factory committees were recognised as the organ of workers’ control in each individual enterprise. The employers obviously resisted workers’ control and it was met with further lockouts and sabotages. Industrial […]

Factory Fire: A problem workers have been facing for 100 years

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City on 25 March 1911 was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city, and one of the deadliest in US history. The fire led to the death of 146 garment workers – 123 women and 23 men – who died from the fire, smoke […]

18 February 1946

On 17 February 1946, the ratings of the Royal Indian Navy based at HMIS Talwar in Bombay pushed for their demand for decent food, only to be subjected to the British officers’ sneer that ‘beggars cannot be choosers’. This was the last straw. On the 18th morning, 1500 ratings walked out of the mess hall […]

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