Blogs

American labor isn’t dead, but definitely needs to wake up

The mood and discussions of late have largely been doom and gloom. Our series has tried to shine a light on some hope for workers resistance to counter the demobilize barrage of social and anti-social media. Our final piece in the Labor under Trump series comes from Ideas and Action the online publication of the Workers Solidarity Alliance. David Fernández-Barrial argues that there is an untapped potential within workplaces to defeat the threats looming, and take us closer to a just and equitable society.

Labor’s death under trump? The potential for a renewed workers movement in an era of dangers

Following the Trump victory speculation has been rampant and has led to various proclamations yet again of the death of labor. Our third piece exploring the potentials for labor under Trump comes from one of our editors S Nicholas Nappalos. He argues that while these dangers are real, they also come with new possibilities for a militant participatory workers movement. Moreover it is not apolitical unions that can address the weaknesses of the labor movement heading into a collision with this government, but an active politicized union movement marking its opposition to both capital and the state.

This Is Not a Drill: Bracing for the Trump Era

In our second installment in our Labor under Trump mini-series, Mark Brenner from Labor Notes explores what union members can do in the face of anticipated threats. At this point most of the debate is speculation, but the labor notes piece is worth discussing because they explore concrete experiences in areas where anti-labor policies have been implemented such as organizing in right-to-work states and solidarity with coworkers independent of their immigration status. Brenner paints a picture of a labor movement at a crossroads, a theme we will return to next week.

Labor under Trump

Great four-part series from the Recomposition blog about the implications for the American working class of the Republican majorities in every branch of government with President Trump at it’s helm.

Retail chain gangs: workers’ reports from the Sainsbury and Waitrose shop-floor

First-hand workers' reports by supermarket workers on their conditions and the scope for resistance in a time when the retail industry is in a huge state of flux, both in terms of concentration of ownership as well as technological changes such as online shopping and self-check out.

Critics respond to Trump’s comments on Putin with surreal hypocrisy

USS Vincennes launching a missile

Critics attacked Trump after he drew a moral equivalency between the actions of Putin and the U.S.

Trade union leader released after three days of protests across Italy

Aldo Milani, SI Cobas national coordinator.

The national coordinator of the Si Cobas trade union was released on bail yesterday after his lawyer stated that the accusations against him are beginning to collapse.

A popular front of the right?

Rather than being purely fascist or a mysterious contradictory collection of personalities, the Trump Administration can be best seen as a popular front reflecting and representing most of the American right-wing, argues Juan Conatz.

Coopting the language of the left at the pro-life march on Washington

Temptation by Max Beckmann

A pro-life marcher speaking the language of the Left and what it says about the tone and form of a position versus the content.

Living The Dream in 2017

Latest episode of the Living the Dream podcast hosted at The Word From Struggle Street - a collaborative anticapitalist blog from Brisbane

Barack Obama and the triumph of neoliberalism

Barack Obama with economic advisor Robert Rubin (right)

Democratic Party icon Robert Rubin's evasion of prosecution for criminal activities related to the housing bubble represents a notable triumph in the history of neoliberalism.

Red cap terror at the moussaka line: West London ready-meal workers' report and leaflet

Workplace report for WorkersWildWest no.5 and leaflet for future distribution. Main challenge will be the migrant status of workers - there have been various police raids in the plant - and the language and contract division.

Bay Area bigly tells Trump: Get your small hands off my pussy

Chin Up, Fangs Out sign Oakland women's march

With the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, protests occurred in at least 370 cities around the world. The following is a subjective account of the Women's Marches that filled the streets of Oakland and San Francisco, California with hundreds of thousands on January 21, 2017.

Top ten Richard Spencer punch remix videos

Feels like it's been a long time since we've done any top tens but if anything needed it, it's this: here's our top ten Richard Spencer getting punched in the face remix videos, in no particular order.

Hot Air: Why increasing taxes for LNG corporations probably won’t work to create a better society.

A critique of the social democratic argument that increasing taxation on LNG companies is part of a viable strategy for a better society.

Calling all junglists: a short report from Amazon Hemel Hempstead

A good friend and former colleague of ours from west London worked at Amazon in Hemel Hempstead in the run up to Christmas 2016.

Looking back on Obama's deportation regime

The Obama administration's approach to illegal immigration was to severely enforce penalties for immigration related crimes. This approach led to record deportation numbers and an unprecedented explosion in the immigrant prisoner population.

Radical education in Liverpool

A very brief look at some examples of radical schooling in Liverpool during the 20th century. A version of this article appeared in The Blast, a non-regular publication of Liverpool Class Action.

Looking back at Obama’s bailouts: HAMP

Former Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner

As Obama leaves office, a quick look back at a little known chapter in his administration reveals much about his presidency.

Take the power back: breathing space, friendliness and solidarity at work

We felt like writing a basic article about workers' solidarity and daily resistance. It addresses the atmosphere we face at work, where the management regime is so rigid that even small collective steps seem like minor revolutions. The article will be published and circulated in our newspaper WorkersWildWest no.5