The Eight Hour Day struggle and Haymarket.

In May, 1886 a strike was began throughout the United States in support a eight-hour day. Over the next few days over 340,000 men and women withdrew their labor. Over a quarter of these strikers were from Chicago and the employers were so shocked by this show of unity that 45,000 workers in the city […]

Timeline of International Workers Day (May Day) in Australia.

Photo: May Day March held in Adelaide, early 1970s. 1791: Australia had its first strike when Sydney convicts demand daily rations instead of weekly rations. 1829: Printing Compositors and Carpenters win the right to be paid with real money, instead of rum. 1854: The Eureka Stockade in Ballarat is stormed by police and troops (30 […]

The Eight Hour Day Struggle in Australia.

Eight-hour day march circa 1900, outside Parliament House in Spring Street, Melbourne. The Australian gold rushes attracted many skilled tradesmen to Australia. Some of them had been active in the chartist movement, and subsequently became prominent in the campaign for better working conditions in the Australian colonies. Eight-hour day banner, Melbourne, 1856 The Stonemasons’ Society […]

The Haymarket Square Rally, 4 May, 1886.

This 1886 engraving was the most widely reproduced image of the Haymarket affair. It inaccurately shows Fielden speaking, the bomb exploding, and the rioting beginning simultaneously. The rally began peacefully under a light rain on the evening of 4 May, 1886. August Spies spoke to the large crowd while standing in an open wagon on […]

The Martyrs of Llanelli, Wales.

Leonard Worsell (left) and John ‘Jac’ John: two of the Llanelli strike casualties. Photograph: Public domain. A rifle shot rings out. The men by the garden wall stand their ground. “It’s OK,” one shouts out. “It’s only a blank!” There is laughter. “It’s all right – they’ve only got blank cartridges,” someone else yells. Suddenly […]

Tom Mann, Union Legend.

Tom Mann (1856-1941) was one of the leading figures in the history of the British Labour movement. After completing an engineering apprenticeship in the Midlands he moved to London. Unable to find work in his trade, Mann did a variety of menial jobs before being employed in an engineering shop in 1879. Mann’s foreman, Sam […]

May Day 1916, New York.

May Day 1916 Summary: Photograph shows women garment workers from the Puritan Underwear Company participating in the 1916 May Day parade in New York City. The women were members of Local 62 of the White Goods Workers Union, an affiliate of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU). Image credit: Source: Flickr Commons project, 2014. […]

Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Tree, Dorset.

The famous Sycamore (Acer Pseudoplatanus) tree on Tolpuddle Village Green, Dorset is a place of pilgrimage for thousands of trade unionist every year. It is not only the largest Sycamore in Dorset, it is also growing on the smallest village green in Dorset. The Tree planted in the 1680’s has secured its place in history, […]

May Day March, Adelaide: Now and Then.

SATURDAY, 6 MAY, 2017 On International Workers Day (May Day) join us in Adelaide for a March of Solidarity with all Workers around the World. Protest the exploitation of Women and Child Workers throughout all Countries. and Fight against this ramshackle Conservative Turnbull Government who are the willing servants of Big Business and Donald Trump. […]