A brief article exploring the relationship between state-centered politics and the IWW's considerations in international relations.
“As for the author of “Solidarity Forever”, he is not at all unhappy to have been associated with the very first indigenous anti-statist, anti-totalitarian labor organization that Moscow saw fit to liquidate – and for good and sufficient reasons.” - Ralph Chaplin
From December 6-8, 2013, the XXV AIT-IWA Congress took place in Valencia, Spain. Around 150 people took part in the Congress, with delegates coming from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Norway, Serbia, Poland, Russia and Slovakia.
From December 6-8, 2013, the XXV AIT-IWA Congress took place in Valencia, Spain. Around 150 people took part in the Congress, with delegates coming from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Norway, Serbia, Poland, Russia and Slovakia. Observers also came from the FIJL – the Iberian Federation of Libertarian Youth.
An article exploring the different policies and practices of the IWW in the international field.
Download the attached pdf. Taken from the Anarchosyndicalist Review Winter 2006 issue #42/43.
The IWW & the Search for an International Policy, 1905-1935 by Wayne Thorpe.
Anarcho-syndicalist Review #42/3 Winter 2005-6.
An IWA-AIT position paper from 1933 addressing its principles, positions, and speaking to relations with the IWW.
This text was kindly scanned and donated by the Workers Solidarity Alliance New York Local's library for libcom. It was written by the IWA to the IWW in large part, as a discussion was taking place both within the IWW and more broadly about the possibility of affiliation.
This is an excerpt from the declarations of the American Continental Association of Workers IWA-AIT from 1929. It consists of the principles and tactics adopted by the constitutive organizations drawn from Latin America at that time, and is translated into English with an introduction by the translator, SN Nappalos.
Preface and Background by the translator
A translation of Lopez Arango, theorist of the FORA, on the question of industrial organization and industrial unionism. Here he defends the FORA's position of rejecting unions as vehicles for post-capitalist society, the allegedly progressive nature of capitalist industry, and the organization of workers organization based on industry. This short piece can't make up for the broad and important debate that happened within global anarchosyndicalist circles in the 20-30s, however it represents what may be the only direct source material on the subject in English. Please excuse the flow of the text, his language is quite difficult and the translator is an amateur, resulting in a clunky read.
Means of Struggle – Excerpt from Doctrine, Tactics, and Ends of the Workers Movement, the first chapter of the 1942 Posthumous collection called Ideario. Published in Anarquismo en America Latina. (1990). ed. Ángel J. Cappelletti y Carlos M. Rama. Prólogo, edición y cronología, traducción: Ángel J. Cappelletti.
We are happy to announce that the conflict with Zepter International Ltd. in the Czech Republic, in which Priama akcia actively participated, ended up in a victory for the MSS.
In May 2013, the MSS were contacted by Žaneta, who worked for Zepter. She asked for help after her local manager Jiří Ozaňák had refused to pay her commissions she was entitled to. In a fraudulent way he had transferred them to the account of his relative Karolína Ozaňáková. The management of the company refused to address the problem and disputed its existence.
This statement from the International Workers Association recalls the history of the workers’ movement and the IWA’s own role in the early decades of the 20th century, before taking a look at where the anarcho-syndicalist international is now, in the run-up to planned days of action around May 1st.
The origin of May Day dates back to the United States on May 1st 1886 when a strike was launched in support of the 8-hour day. During this campaign a bomb was thrown at a demonstration in Chicago, the police arrested a number of anarchists who had been prominent in the struggle for the 8-hour day.