The first strike in human history

Thursday, February 3, 2022
The first strike in human history

If you think that the series of strikes started a few hundred years ago, then it is your misunderstanding, but the record of the first strike in human history is related to the time of Pharaoh in ancient Egypt.

The first 'strike' in human history took place during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses III, dated November 14, 1152 BC.

It is not that in Pharaoh's time most of the work was taken from slaves, although in Pharaoh's time there was an abundance of slaves. But the original workforce of ancient Egypt consisted of architects, craftsmen, and transporters, who regularly paid wages for their work, in other words laborers.

The architecture or artifacts that are being discovered thousands of years ago from Egypt today, and in excellent condition, are the result of the labor of those laborers, not of slaves.

However, in November 1152 BC, the workers showed their true strength. The royal cemetery was under construction in the ancient Egyptian village of Deir al-Madinah, but the architects were unhappy with their employers. Because they get paid less and don't get on time. He called for a strike on his demand, and the execution of the royal decree was stopped.

The then Pharaonic government not only negotiated with these workers but also increased their salaries, after which the workers also resumed construction work. Even today, if you go to Deir al-Madinah in Egypt, you will find the remains of the royal cemetery in the best condition.


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