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#VT AFL-CIO – The End Of Politics As Usual!

*VT Political Parties To Back Labor Initiatives Or Face Moratorium On Political Endorsements;

*Top Priorities $15 An Hour Livable Wage For All, Card Check, Worker Miss-classification;

*Strategic Partnership With VT Progressive Party On Union Based Green Mountain New Deal;

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“An impressive day” – review of the strike and demonstration in #Paris on December 5

Last Thursday, around 1 million people in France took part in nationwide demonstrations against the government’s plans to “reform” the pension system, i.e. raising the age of entry and cut pensions. (1) Only members of the police are to be excluded, as the government stated just before the 5th of December, after trade union representatives of the cops had declared that they also wanted to take part in the protests. Work stoppages occurred mainly in the public sector, train cancellations of the state railways were high, metros were rare in the Paris metropolitan area and many bus lines were also cancelled. Flight operations were also disrupted. There were also extensive work stoppages among teachers and health workers, who have been fighting for months for better working conditions and better pay. In the private sector, there were hardly any strike actions, but since Thursday, work has been suspended in the majority of the major oil refineries, here the majority of the workers are organized in the CGT and the workforces are one of the last bastions of the classic, militant working class. At the same time, roads and roundabouts have been blocked nationwide, although to a much lesser extent compared to the beginnings of the Gilets Jaunes movement.

A review of the first big day of action and the attack on the new “pension reform” from the point of view of a participant.

This is a translation of the German version which was translated by Sebastian Lotzer. The original report was published by Paris-Luttes.

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#Paris: Call for an internationalist bloc at demo on the first day of unlimited strike

Paris. Shortly after the historic and almost total strike of September 13 at RATP, five unions – UNSA (majoritaire section), CFE-CGC (executives), FO, Sud RATP ( ousted from Solidaires), and Solidaires RATP – signed a joint statement calling for an unlimited strike as of December 5. Unlimited. Since then, there have been dozens of calls for renewal in all sectors, public and private. The Gilets Jaunes and students announced that they will join the actions. On December 5 there will be an internationalist block at the strike demo in Paris. What follows is the call for the internationalist bloc.

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Education for revolution: Anarcho-syndicalist pedagogy for South Africa

South Africa. The roots and principles of anarchosyndicalism are worth revisiting for the practice of worker education in movements inspired by these principles and traditions. Emphasising the democratic practice, working class rooted, organic and critical nature of the pedagogy, the practice seeks to intersect employed and unemployed women and men. Practically, the education provides a platform for post-revolutionary practice of direct democracy at the point of production and, thus, naturally included practical skills such as trades, accounting and sciences.

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VT AFL-CIO Adopts Leftist Platform For Change

Following the election of a new progressive leadership by members of the Vermont AFL-CIO (September 15, 2019), the new Executive Board, on October 6th,  unanimously voted to adopt the following as the official platform of the Vermont AFL-CIO. This platform makes the Vermont AFL-CIO among the furthest left major labor organization in the United States.

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Vermont Labor takes sharp left turn

Vermont. Van Deusen elected as president, Adie as executive vice president. On September 15, 2019, in South Burlington Vermont, former Green Mountain Anarchist Collective-NEFAC member David Van Deusen was elected President of the Vermont AFL-CIO. Former ISO member, and union nurse, Tristin Adie was elected as Executive Vice President. Van Deusen and Adie were part of the larger progressive United! slate which swept into leadership positions capturing 14 of the 15 seats on the Vermont State Labor Council’s Executive Board. This marks a sharp turn towards the left for Organized Labor in Vermont. Let’s see what comes next!

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Van Deusen runs for #Vermont AFL-CIO president

David Van Deusen

Montpelier, VT, 8/1/19 – David Van Deusen, co-founder of the Green Mountain Anarchist Collective and former member of NEFAC & ARA has announced that he is running for President of the 10,000 member Vermont AFL-CIO as part of a new progressive slate (Vermont AFL-CIO United!).  The union election takes place in September. Van Deusen, as an AFL-CIO District Vice President, recently led the Green Mountain Central Labor Council into supporting the YPG/YPJ and the struggle in Rojava (as part of that support the VT AFL-CIO sponsored a returning American fighter who served with the YPG).  In May, working with allied unions and community organizations, Van Deusen organized a 500 strong picket line in Burlington, VT, against visiting union-buster Scott Walker. Below is his campaign announcement and his slate’s ten point program.

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Brazilian territory: Anarchist call for the #14J general strike

Brazilian territory: Anarchist call for the general strike on Friday June 14.

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#Anarchism’s relevance to black and working class strategy: Dispelling ten myths

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.

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#Thessaloniki, Greek territory: #Viome is not for sale

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.

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