23 November

The first recorded strike in history is said to have taken place on this day in 1170 BCE, during the sixth month of the 29th year of the reign of Rameses III.

November 23, 2009 · 1 min read

Workers in the Valley of the Kings necropolis in Egypt downed tools after the government failed to pay them their agreed grain allowance for 20 days. It was to take several stoppages before they eventually won all that was owed to them.

They say the pharaohs built the pyramids.

Do you think one pharaoh dropped one bead of sweat?

We built the pyramids for the pharaohs

And we’re building for them yet.

Anna Louise Strong


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