Berlin FAU meeting in English for FAU foreign workers working group

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Jul 2 2012 16:37
Berlin FAU meeting in English for FAU foreign workers working group

[I've been asked to post the following by a comrade in the FAU in Berlin. I live in Dublin - georgestapleton]

A group of us FAU-IAA members living in Berlin who do not speak German as a native language have recently been organising a foreign workers working group, we hail from countries including Greece, England, Ireland, Canada, Sweden, Spain etc. We are organising our first public event and we'd encourage any interested parties resident in Berlin to attend and anyone with connections with interested parties in Berlin to publicise the event.

Topics covered will include:

Why join a union? Why join the Free Workers' Union (FAU)? Why is the FAU not just another union? What makes a syndicalist union different? How is the FAU organised? All this and more...

The event will be held at 20:00 on July 6th 2012 at Lottumstrasse 11, 10119 Berlin, (nearest U-Bahn U2 Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz/ U8 Rosenthaler-Platz), if you are interested but can't make it then email: faub-aus@fau.org

Also please find the attached flyer!

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Jul 2 2012 16:40

Good luck all!

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Jul 2 2012 17:01

Yeah, good luck! Glad to see this coming together.

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Jul 2 2012 17:07

Fwded onto mates...

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Jul 2 2012 19:03

Yeah I tried to post this but couldn't seem to do it for some reason, so great thanks to my Dublin comrade/mate for putting this up. There will be a presentation and at least one first hand report on FAU workplace struggle in Berlin (from a Swedish comrade), also there should be a chance for people to socialise afterwards. Spread the word.

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Jul 2 2012 19:25

Also here is the link on the FAU website:

http://www.direkteaktion.org/termine/fau-2013-time-to-organise-6juli2012?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

And here is the event on facebook, so if anyone can invite Berlin friends on facebook that would be grand:

http://www.facebook.com/events/201601339965903/202187203240650/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity

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Jul 2 2012 21:35

retweet!

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Jul 2 2012 23:18

ill be there...

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Jul 2 2012 23:33

Go FAU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jul 3 2012 01:15

i'm there like 2 weeks later cry

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Jul 4 2012 20:30

There will be more stuff. You moving here Harrison?

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Jul 4 2012 20:32

I think a Brighton SF comrade's in Berlin at the moment (though they may have left already). I'll forward this on to them.

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Jul 5 2012 04:48
RootlessCosmopolitan wrote:
There will be more stuff. You moving here Harrison?

unfortunately not (berlin is nice city). i'm visiting a friend

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Jul 5 2012 14:58

Maybe this isn't the place to ask this, but what's the relationship between the FAU and IWW like? There's been an IWW branch in Germany for a couple of years now, and while I know the IWW is officially non-anarchist, it seems to me kind of odd, like there's two organizations competing for the same audience.

("the member of a DGB union cautiously asked...")

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Jul 5 2012 15:10
Angelus Novus wrote:
Maybe this isn't the place to ask this, but what's the relationship between the FAU and IWW like? There's been an IWW branch in Germany for a couple of years now, and while I know the IWW is officially non-anarchist, it seems to me kind of odd, like there's two organizations competing for the same audience.

("the member of a DGB union cautiously asked...")

don't know how it is now but around 15 years ago (when there was no visible IWW org in BRD), all IWW members I bumped into were also in the FAU-IAA (and it is my suspicion that some of them were also member of a DGB union)

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Jul 17 2012 00:58

How did the meeting go?

All hail the voice of German revolutionary workers movement! groucho

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Jul 18 2012 14:02

The meeting went well.

If anyone in Berlin, moving to Berlin or visiting Berlin wishes to get in contact with English speaking members of the FAU please email:

faub-aus@fau.org

This is the group email of those of us who don't speak German as a first language (though includes native speakers of Swedish, Spanish, Greek and more).

The email address included in the post about the meeting is mine because I wasn't sure if the group email address was up and running yet, so those who have emailed me i have forwarded to this above group email and I'd appreciate if anyone emailing in the future can use this above email address.

I hope thats clear!

Solidarity!

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Jul 18 2012 14:14

I've edited the new email into the original post for you

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Jul 19 2012 22:54

Cheers!

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Jul 28 2012 12:57

Post by a SolFed comrade who visited the FAU Berlin:
http://solfed.org.uk/?q=north-london/visiting-the-freie-arbeiterinnen-union-fau-in-berlin

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Aug 4 2012 09:53
Angelus Novus wrote:
Maybe this isn't the place to ask this, but what's the relationship between the FAU and IWW like? There's been an IWW branch in Germany for a couple of years now, and while I know the IWW is officially non-anarchist, it seems to me kind of odd, like there's two organizations competing for the same audience.

You don't actually see much of the IWW around here, maybe that's a bit different in places like Berlin though. Our relationship is a bit... well, "unterkühlt". There's neither competition nor collaboration, but maybe that's just the way it is where I live.

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Aug 15 2012 13:34

FW's Forman and Cooper did a tour of Germany in July doing talks regarding the JJWU experience and also training for IWW GMBs. They did the same for FAU comrades in Berlin.

Right now it seems like there are few cities where both are competitive. In Berlin in particular the FAU-B has accomplished quite a bit so many members naturally join up so they can participate. While there doesn't seem to be too much organizational interplay there seems to be a healthy relationship in the rank-and-file.

And as a DGB member, yeah, I've heard some Wobblies talking trash but no more than I hear in the North American IWW. Its kind of in our genes to make fun of the more conciliatory unions, but (and I speak only for the NA IWW here) there is rarely any problem accepting dual-carded members.