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Memorandum of Understanding IISH and ITUC-Africa
On 30 June 2017 the African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa) and the IISH...
Diamond Workers Union
The IISH holds the complete arvchive of the Dutch Diamond Workers Union Algemene Nederlandse Diamantbewerkersbond (ANDB).The...
Dutch Diamond Workers
The IISH holds the complete archive of the Dutch Diamnd Workers Union (Algemene Nederlandse Diamantbewerkersbond ANDB).The union...
FNV en IISG sluiten convenant voor 2 miljoen euro
Het Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis (IISG) en de FNV hebben een convenant gesloten over het beheer van het...
Historische Verkenningen Vakbeweging
Het project Historische Verkenningen Vakbeweging doet (voor)onderzoek naar de recente geschiedenis van de (Nederlandse)...
Vriendenbijeenkomst: IISG en Vakbeweging in 2017
De reguliere 34e bijeenkomst van de Vrienden van het IISG is gepland op donderdagmiddag 26 januari 2017.IISG en Vakbeweging in...
An Old Trade Union in Sri Lanka and a Brand New One in Nepal
Nowadays, the main field in which the Institute acquires collections is labour, and its various aspects. The IISH’s collections...
Archive Dutch Diamond Workers goes digital
Metamorfoze, the national programme for the preservation of Dutch paper heritage, will completely subsidize the digitization of...
Musicians' Union
The Koninklijke Nederlandse Toonkunstenaars Vereniging (KNTV) (Royal Dutch Musicians' Association) was founded in 1875 and is one...
Co van den Born, a life in the service of the trade union
Co van den Born was a trade union woman at heart. In the years of reconstruction and in the turbulent sixties, she stood for...
Bijeenkomst VHV
op Vrijdag 7 november 2014 vindt er een bijeenkomst van de Vakbonds Historische Vereniging Vrienden plaats op het IISG.Voor...
World Day for Decent Work
Since 2008 the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has been organising the World Day for Decent Work (WDDW) on 7...
Round Table:Exploring the Multiple Roles of Trade Unions in Africa Today
African unions have been struggling to find a clear ideological discourse, as well as well-designed strategies to tackle the...
A Single Spark
Chun Tae-il, a garment worker in Seoul, South Korea, set himself afire to protest against employer and police repression of...
Digitizing Trade Union Archives
The Institute will receive a subsidy of nearly 100.000 euro for the digitization of three important trade union federation...
International Ladies Garment Workers
The great garment workers strike in New York (November 1909 until February 1910) was a stage for immigrant workers' solidarity...
Red Purge
In 1950, during the Allied occupation of Japan after World War II, members of the Japanese Communist Party and other alledgedly '...
Right to Collective Action
In South Korea, workers' strike is among the labour rights stipulated in and protected by the Constitution, which was enacted on...
Industrial Workers of Africa
The Industrial Workers of Africa was the first African trade union in South Africa.  It was nursed by the International Socialist...
Framing a Radical African Atlantic
In Framing a Radical African Atlantic Holger Weiss presents a critical outline and analysis of the International Trade Union...
Long Live the Union
After years of discussion and consideration, the Dutch diamond workers union ANDB and the employers agreed upon a General Week's...
Argentinian Desaparecidos in ICFTU Archives
Several files from a recently received addition to the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) archives contain...
Nonviolent Trade Union
The Indian Textile Labour Association TLA was founded as the outcome of a strike in the Ahmenabad textile industry which broke...
Solidarity with Solidariność
In 1980 there were at least 20.000 residents of Polish parentage living in Sweden. Sweden was one of Poland’s most important...
BATA Workers Call for Action
On May 18, 1983, trade union committees of workers in the African branches of BATA Shoes called for action. They claimed the...
Holiday at last
After years of discussion and consideration, the Dutch diamond workers union ANDB and the employers agreed upon a general week's...
CNT Cantabria after Franco
In 2012 the IISH received the intesting archive of the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT) Federación Regional Cantabria....
Bread, Peace, and Freedom
The founding of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) in 1949 was a typical product of the Cold War....
Dockers from Antwerp
Dockers from Antwerp, Belgium, stopped work during the month of September 1907 to get one more frank pay (of five Bfr.) Strike...
Dutch Federation of Trade Unions
The Dutch Federation of Trade Unions (Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging FNV) may spread its jubilee celebrations over two years....
Voice of the Sea
La Voz del Mar (Voice of the Sea) was the journal of the Chilean sailors who formed a branch of the Industrial Workers of the...
British Miners
Britain's most bitter industrial dispute of recent times started with the announcement that a Yorkshire pit at Cortonwood was to...
Power in a Union
The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), nicknamed the Wobblies, was founded on June 27, 1905. This revolutionary syndicalist...
Strike in the Port of Rotterdam
The great strike in the port of Rotterdam started on 24 August and lasted for three weeks. Thirteen thousand men participated,...
Solidarność
In August 1980 strikes broke out in many parts of Poland. The strike at the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk is most well known. The...
Festive Concert for the 8-Hour Workday
The diamond workers' union (ANDB), led by Henri Polak, was the first to institute the 8-hour workday, which was introduced in the...
General Strike in Berlin
Protesting against the decision by the German government to accept the peace treaty of Versailles, a group of soldiers under...
White Zinc Mill on Strike
Two prolonged, grim labour conflicts marked 1929 in the Netherlands. The strike of agricultural labourers in northern Groningen...
British Strike Ends and Continues
The great British 1926 general strike officially lasted ten days. It started on May 3 to protest against a planned reduction in...
No Trade Union without a Banner
After the establishment of their local trade union branch on 29 May 1916, the transport workers from Dordrecht, Holland, had to...
Yellow Trade Unions
The Viennese satirical magazine Neue Glühlichter (New Glow Lamps), started in 1889 as Glühlichter, portrayed the problem of the...
Eindelijk vakantie!
Diamantbewerkers waren de eerste arbeidersgroepering in Nederland die het recht op vakantie wist af te dwingen. In 1910 ging de...
Photos from the Spanish Civil War
The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) has been called the first media-war in history. Idealistic film makers and photographers like...
Banners from Early Dutch Trade Unions
The early Dutch trade unions spent a great deal of money on their business cards. That was a banner, a costly jewel of velvet,...
Solidarność archives and Theo van Tijn
In the first years of its existence, the Polish trade union Solidarność and its leaders focused on bread, meat, and civil rights...
Christian Trade Union Film 1936
In 1936 the board of the Dutch Christian Industry and Transport Workers Union decided that it was time for a new propaganda film...
Spanish Workers' Commission
When Spain's post-war industrialization took off in the fifties, it drew millions of young workers from the countryside to the...
Database of the archives of the Christian Trade Union Movement in the Netherlands
This database resulted from a joint effort of the Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond (CNV, Christian National Trades Union) and the...
Dutch Trade Union Movement Database
This project aims to build a database in which information on all ever existing Dutch trade union organizations is brought...
International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) was established in 1949 and now has 215 affiliated organizations in...
Gewerkschafts internationalismus und die Herausforderung der Globalisierung
Die Globalisierung steht im Zentrum wissenschaftlicher Diskurse über gesellschaftlichen Wandel an der Schwelle zum 21....
Trade Unions, Immigration and Immigrants in Europe 1960-1993
European trade unions are among the most influential and powerful institutions within Western economies, in many cases...
Between Cross and Class
In the late nineteenth century in a number of continental European countries Christian associations of workers arose: Christian...
The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) was set up in 1949 and now has 215 affiliated organizations in 145...
Summer Holidays
In the history of the labour movement, having holidays, like anything else, is associated with struggle and organization. Trade...
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