Hong Kong Seamen's strike

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Chinese seamen in Hong Kong staged a strike on January 12, 1922, demanding for a wage rise.

Chinese seamen in Hong Kong led miserable lives under British imperialism. On January 12, 1922, the seamen asked for a wage rise but were refused. The Seamen’s Union led a strike, with participation growing to 20,000 by the end of January. The strike became general, swelling to more than 100,000 by early March. British troops were sent in, killing or wounding hundreds of workers.

With support from around the country, the strike lasted 56 days and led to an improvement of 15 to 30 percent in workers' wages.