Today in Labor History

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February 18, 1946


Royal Indian Navy sailors in Bombay (Mumbai) go on strike over wages, working conditions, and racism by British officers.  The mutiny quickly spread to involve 20,000 sailors on 74 ships and at 20 shore establishments, and sparked demonstrations across the country before it was suppressed by the British military.  Prime Minister Clement Attlee would later cite the mutiny as a decisive factor in the British withdrawal from India.


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