The Winnipeg General Strike

The Winnipeg General Strike

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  • By: Dorian Kendall
  •   Strike Shakes Foundation Of Work Establishments 
  • The Winnipeg General Strike
  • We are the One Big Union! We unite both the unskilled and skilled workers! Unlike the Trades and Labours Council.
  • On May 1st, 1919, over 30,000 people walked out of their workplacesand paraded down the streets.
  • "Bloody Saturday" left one man dead, nearly 100 arrested, and about 30 injured. It was the most violent day of the strike, with a streetcar being pushed over and set on fire before the mounted police arrived.
  • Sympathy Strikes broke out across the country, hoping to help the strikers in Winnipeg get their wish for a forty-five hour work week and a minimum hourly wage of eighty-five cents.
  • After six weeks, strikers families were starving, with no money being brought home, and so the strike came to an end.
  • The strike ended on June 25th, 1919, and workers returned to their jobs at factories and other workplaces where working conditions remained the same with low pay and long irregular hours.
  • The End
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