The Strike of the Izmir Port Workers: The Domino Effect of a Labour Movement in the Second Constitutional Era
Keywords:Izmir, port, worker, strike
From the beginning of the 1900s, the port of Izmir was the biggest port of exportation of not only the Ottoman State but also the East Mediterranean. Every year, hundreds of ships that would come alongside of ports from all over the world were unloading at this port with a modern dock. This fact inevitably led to the existence of extremely active labor market at the port of Izmir.
In this article, the strike of the Izmir port workers in the spring of 1913 against the shipping agencies who were their employers will be examined through the news in old Turkish and sources in both Turkish and Greek. The history of the Izmir port workers’ struggle, whether they had a class consciousness or not and how they got organized constitute the theoretical dimension of the subject of this study.
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