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Five Theses on the Class Struggle - by Anton Pannekoek

Anton Pannekoek's classic manifesto against state socialism (democratic or otherwise) and for council communism, an industrial society governed by a democracy of workers' councils

Battles on the Barbican: the struggle for trade unionism in the British building industry, 1965–7 - Charlie McGuire, Linda Clarke and Christine Wall

Construction workers at the Barbican. Photograph by John Steeden.

History of the industrial disputes and workers' struggles on the Barbican construction site 1965-1967.

Building the Barbican 1962-1982: taking the industry out of the dark ages

Workers on the Barbican site, 1965

Fantastic pamphlet on the workers' struggles during the construction of the brutalist masterpiece the Barbican in central London. Told largely in the words of the workers themselves.

Withered aristocracy #2 - heavy construction and critical faculties

An attempt at an explanation for the long absence of the Withered Aristocracy blog.

Withered aristocracy #1 - by way of introduction

An introduction to what will hopefully be an intermittent series of musing on life and labor within the New York City building trades and struggles within and against business unionism.

Giardini workers led to another defeat by the union in the Philippines

After two days strike of Giardini[1] workers led by the union last February 3-4, the union and the leftist party[2] that control them agreed with the management and local government of Mandaue City to lift the strike and accept the retrenchment package.

Leftist union in the Philippines collude with management against workers

In a press release of the leftist Partido ng Manggagawa (Labor Party) published on Manila Indymedia last January 9, they claimed that “Furniture workers win major concessions as dispute settled”.

Pay strikes brewing in education and construction

The past few days have seen teachers set to vote again on strike action in an ongoing dispute over a sub-inflation pay offer while thousands of carpenters, bricklayers, painters, joiners and labourers employed by local authorities voted in favour of industrial action for the same reason.

Canada: carpenter's wildcat spreads to other workers

250 carpenters at the Petro-Canada site launched the wildcat strike after their planned strike was banned by anti-union laws.