Brazilian territory: Anarchist call for the general strike on Friday June 14.Continue reading Brazilian territory: Anarchist call for the #14J general strike
The anarchist tradition – including syndicalism,anarchist trade unionism – provides a coherent approach to issues of strategy, tactics and principle. It is a rich set of resources of the working class today, not least the black working class in South Africa, which remains, in important ways, not just subject to capitalist exploitation and state repression, but also racial/national oppression.Continue reading #Anarchism’s relevance to black and working class strategy: Dispelling ten myths
The Greek judiciary has set five new dates for the forced liquidation of the former PHILKERAM JOHNSON AG group, on whose premises the reconquered and self-managed VIO.ME factory is located. The dates: Jun 13/20/27, September 19 and October 24, 2019. What follows is a statement by the Trade Union of VIOME Workers and the Thessaloniki Solidarity Initiative.Continue reading #Thessaloniki, Greek territory: #Viome is not for sale
Robin J. Cartwright explores the historical origins of “workplace contractualism” in the U.S. — the predominant model of unionism, whereby workers and employers negotiate a contract. He notes that employers themselves pushed for the contract system in order to tame unions, and to engage union officers and leaders in suppressing worker strikes.Continue reading When and Why Did Unions Start Signing Contracts?
Presidential candidate and open socialist Bernie Sanders announced this week that his campaign is preparing a proposal to encourage employee ownership in large companies. While details are yet to be released, what has been reported so far is the plan would have employers “contribute a portion of their stocks to a fund controlled by employees” that would pay dividends to workers. A second aspect of the proposal would potentially allow workers to become “a powerful voting shareholder” leading to the election of worker representatives on corporate boards. As well, version of this idea has been taken up by Jeremy Corbyn, the leftist leader of the UK Labour Party.Continue reading Will #Bernie’s Proposals Build Worker Power? Interview With a Swedish Labor Activist
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Continue reading Rebuilding the workers’ movement for counter-power, justice and self-management
Don’t abandon the unions, or take sides in inter-union rivalries. Build a serious, organised, non-sectarian project of democratic reform and political discussion that spans the unions, including a rank-and-file movement that fosters debate, and opens the treasure-chest of union and left history and theory. Recover the politics of disconnecting from the state as raised by, for example, Occupy and the Rojava Revolution. Replace reliance on the state and parties with struggle, and destructive inter-union rivalry with a serious project of working class counter-power.
Rutland, Vermont, 2019 –The Vermont Republican Party has invited former Union-busting Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to talk at a private fundraiser on May 30th, in Burlington at the Hilton Hotel on Battery Street. And while Vermonters are struggling to win a basic $15 an hour livable wage for all, wealthy VIP donors will be paying $1000 a seat to hear how Vermont too should follow his anti-Union lead. This is unacceptable.Continue reading #AFSCME – #Vermont calls for picket line against Scott Walker 5/30/19
Italian territory: Statement by SI Cobas against the Lega’s attempt to OUTLAW the Union in Emilia Romagna.Continue reading Lega calls Emilia Romagna Region’s authorities to outlaw the SI Cobas Independent Union
Mexico: An unprecedented workers’ strike in Matamoros, Tamaulipas has generated million-dollar losses in the North American manufacturing sector. Business owners report losses of almost 100 million dollars per week after the start of the work stoppage on January 12.Continue reading #Matamoros: More than 45,000 workers go on strike on #Mexico’s northern border, shaking up the U.S. auto industry
Two pieces of news from Mexico currently appear in the press around the world: a new historical record in the number of homicides and the explosion of a Pemex pipeline in Tlahuelilpan, which has left almost a hundred corpses already. Everything in Mexico leads us to despair. But there is something important going on that the international media is not broadcasting.Continue reading Two #Mexico’s, two universal alternatives: #Tlahuelilpan vs #Matamoros