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February 21, 1919

Bandera_CNTSeveral weeks after eight workers at a hydroelectric plant in Barcelona, Spain, are fired for political reasons, 100,000 workers are involved in the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT)-led general strike that follows. Efforts to break the strike were unsuccessful and the CNT’s demands were met, including the eight-hour day, union recognition, the reinstatement of all fired workers, and wage increases in some industries.

March 12, 1951


Facing rapidly decreasing wages, a skyrocketing cost of living, and massive repression, upwards of 300,000 workers in Barcelona, Spain, build upon a boycott against increased tram fares and walk off their jobs in a general strike. It was the first general strike during Franco’s regime.

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