Winnipeg General Strike

- Rapidly growing population – inadequate housing and sanitation


- Rapidly rising cost of living, increasing inflation


- Depression in building industry


- Workers’ demanded higher wages


- War veterans came home to find there were no jobs for them, government didn’t help or

support them


- Inspired by the Russian Revolution by the workers


Sequence of Events



- Between April 24, 1919 and May 30th, 1919 the workers from building trades, Metal trades, Trades and Labour, service and veterans went on strike

By May 15th, 1919. 24,000 to 30,000 people have lost their jobs