WINNIPEG GENERAL STRIKE WAS ‘LARGE AND DIFFICULT DEFEAT’ IN 1919 BUT BENEFITS WORKERS TODAY

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By tanya November 9, 2019

The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike ended quietly five days after the violent confrontation on Bloody Saturday, with no concessions won by the workers and with many facing a bleak future.

“First and foremost, the general strike was a large and difficult defeat for the workers involved,” said Paul Moist, a Winnipegger and former national president of Canada’s largest union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Two men died, thousands of impoverished people lost their jobs and it would be decades before their sacrifices brought the rewards workers enjoy today.

Having won the strike, Winnipeg employers set about to crush the spirit that gave birth to such a unified labour movement, wrote Doug Smith in his book, Let Us Rise: An illustrated history of the Manitoba labour movement. READ MORE


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