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Class War in Social Democratic #Sweden

Two activists with the SAC syndicalist union in Sweden write on the “Peace Obligation” proposal which would effectively outlaw strikes and workplaces actions outside of narrow conditions. The piece explains both the political context for the proposal – crafted jointly by employers and major unions and backed by the Social Democratic Party – as well as the the resistance led by a coalition of independent unions and activists.

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#London: Workers’ power at #Heathrow airport – a Report

A friend works as a maintenance engineer at Heathrow airport. You can read about working conditions and organising efforts below – a shorter version will be distributed to Heathrow workers in WorkersWildWest no.9. If you want to get involved in our modest organising efforts in and around Heathrow, drop us a line: angryworkersworld@gmail.com

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From Union Renewal to a Self-Managed Society

In the face of fiercely expanding inequality and anti-unionism in the US there is a great deal of discussion across the left of how to revitalize unions. While we see glimmers of hope in the recent strike wave of teachers and innovative forms of unionism such as with Burgerville fast food workers, what would a holistic rethinking of what is possible within unionism look like? This piece by a South African writer thinks through “how unions can provide a space for collective action, class identity, unity across divides of race, ethnicity, and country, and self-activity” and looks to the tradition of anarchosyndicalism.

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#CUPW #Ottawa community picket in solidarity with postal workers report-back

Ottawa, Canadian territory: On Nov 26th, the federal government passed a “special law” that stripped the right to strike for postal workers. Postal workers had been working without a contract since January and were engaged in rotating strike actions. They now face massive fines should they continue the strike. Solidarity pickets have been served injunctions, and supporters have been arrested. Despite these threats, we must not give in to intimidation. The right to strike is the very lifeblood of the labour movement, and the key to securing a bright future for all workers in the face of austerity. For this reason, postal workers should not stand alone in this fight.

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#CUPW #IWW Holding the line: supporters picket #Canada Post after back-to-work legislation

Union members and community supporters across Canada have been organizing militant and effective pickets at Canada Post facilities ever since legislation came down on Monday making strikes by Canada Post workers themselves illegal.

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Workers Wild West no.8: A local working class newspaper from west – #London

London: A local working class newspaper: spreading work-place and struggle reports and propagating revolution. Get involved in local distribution or set up your own papers. Comments welcome – stick it to the man!

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#Canada Post: “There is talk of defying the back to work legislation, but that has yet to be determined”

The last 37 days have seen a wave of strikes and occupations at postal facilities across Canada, as the Canadian Union of Postal Workers looks to negotiate a new contract with Canada Post. The biggest days of action were yesterday and the day before, with strikes and/or occupations in Halifax, Deer Lake, Moncton, Edmonton, Mississauga, Thunder Bay, and Truro, among other cities, and blockades at transportation hubs in Toronto.

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Workers solidarity network launches site in #Brazil

This was produced by ordinary workers who believe in the importance of organizing in way of autonomous, solidary and day-to-day action. We are small workers of public and private companies. We have a facebook page, printed bulletins and now a site to publicize our problems and strengthen our struggles.

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Women and the union – A factory in #London

Following our interview at the IWW organising summit, Anne, a GMB rep in West London food factories and member of Angry Workers of the World writes about conditions in her workplace and her experiences as a trade union rep. This piece is part of our Too Many Men series, a collection of articles addressing gender imbalance in trade unions and workplaces – you can read other articles in this series here and here.

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