Revolutionary insurrection after a strike -- it's a shambles (8)
I believe the answer is:
'a shambles' is the definition.
'revolutionary insurrection after a strike' is the wordplay.
'revolutionary' shows that the letters should be reversed in order.
'insurrection' becomes 'riot' (I've seen this before).
'after' says to put letters next to each other.
'strike' becomes 'bat'.
'riot' in reverse letter order is 'toir'.
'toir' after 'abat' is 'ABATTOIR'.
'it's' is the link.
(Other definitions for abattoir that I've seen before include "building where blood is shed", "it makes a killing", "place where animals die", "place providing neat dispatches?", "A slaughter house for cattle".)