14 June

'The spirit of mutiny swept the land. A tremendous, mysterious process was taking place in countless hearts: bonds of fear were being broken, the individual personality, having hardly had time to become conscious of itself, became dissolved in the mass, and the mass itself became dissolved in the revolutionary élan.' _ Leon Trotsky. Words used in the original version of Sergei Eisenstein's revolutionary film Battleship Potemkin

June 14, 2009 · 1 min read

On 14 June 1905, 30 sailors on the Battleship Potemkin refused to eat meat riddled with maggots. The ship’s officers ordered the sailors to be shot. This sparked a revolt of the ship’s crew, who killed most of the officers and later forced the ship to dock at Odessa where a general strike was already in progress. But the leaders of the Odessa strike were unable to convince the crew to help the workers and act together. The rebellion ultimately failed but helped sow the seeds for the Russian Revolution of 1917.

As Lenin said of the uprising: ‘The Rubicon has been crossed.’


The Socialist Olympics of 1936

Radical workers’ sporting organisations and the 1936 People’s Olympiad illustrate the role of sport in fighting oppression, writes Uma Arruga i López.

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Lying through their legacy-speak

Olympic ‘legacy’ has greased the path for enormous, upward transfer of wealth to the global propertied classes, writes Jules Boykoff


SWexit: What are exit schemes for sex workers missing?

If earning money is a fundamental reason for entering the sex industry, it is also essential to leaving it, writes Marin Scarlett.

Failure to deliver

Major financial institutions have cited Deliveroo’s employment practices for its disastrous public share launch. Alice Martin and Tom Powdrill look at what went wrong and what it might mean for workers’ rights

Power on the picket line: remembering the Burnsall Strike

Almost 30 years on, Sarbjit Johal recalls supporting the strike, which consisted of mostly Punjabi women workers

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