The La Canadiense Strike

    The La Canadiense Strike (Sp. La Huelga de La Canadiense) was an historic strike action in Barcelona that began in February 1919 and evolved over forty-four days into a general strike paralyzing much of the industry of Catalonia. Among its consequences was to force the Spanish government to issue the Decreto de la jornada de ocho horas de trabajo, the first law anywhere in the world limiting the working day to eight hours.

    A short history of the Barcelona general strike of 1919 which began after the sacking of eight workers, and ended up as one of the most successful working class actions in history.  The strike forced the introduction of the world’s first 8-hour working day law and large pay increases. Libcom

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