organisation

What next for engineers? - Ken Weller

1972 reprint by Big Flame of a Solidarity pamphlet by Ken Weller about the learnings for workers from the ten-week strike at Ford Dagenham in 1962, as Ford management begin to get tough at the Halewood plant.

Democracy mystified: a critical review of the book, Against Democracy by Miriam Qarmat (ICG) - Roi Ferreiro

Roi Ferreiro reviews Against Democracy, and subjects its attack on “democracy as a ‘thing in itself’” (“a fantasy of Bordiguist idealism”) and “liberty, equality and fraternity”—an attack that he depicts as abstract, ahistorical, reductionist, and reactionary “sophistry”—to a withering critique, asserting that such all-or-nothing verbal radicalism (“demagogy”) encourages “political indifferentism and passivity”, and he asks the rhetorical question, “is it possible for the ‘affirmation of the collective existence of men’ to be realized in any other than a ‘democratic’ way, and more concretely, in any other form besides that of ‘proletarian, direct and revolutionary democracy’?”.

On being eaten by the young

John O'Reilly on some organization issues he sees in the IWW.

Has PCS been outflanked to the left by a bosses’ union?

A look at two of many attacks faced by workers in HM Revenue & Customs. The contrasting responses from clerical grade union PCS and senior grade union ARC are worth noting, but not for the reason you might guess.

Shotgun organizing - John O'Reilly & Juan Conatz

John O'Reilly and Juan Conatz talk about 'shotgun organizing' which they define as an individualized way of thinking every problem needs to be solved in the most intense and forceful fashion possible, regardless of whether or not it can be handled differently or of the effects on a workplace organizing committee.

Strategy for industrial struggle - Mark Fore

Strategy for Industrial Struggle

This pamphlet was published by Solidarity (London) in May 1971. The years 1970-72 saw industrial struggle in the UK reach levels which hadn't been seen since the 1920s. This pamphlet set out alternatives to traditional strike strategy.

On the question of reforms

Discussing the question of support for reforms against opposition to reformism.

Not one nor two: political organization, syndicalism, and thought

A piece exploring an experience organizing with transportation workers and the connections between political ideas, action, tactics, and radical potentials. Militant forms of reformism is explored along the way.

On spontaneity and organisation - Murray Bookchin

On Spontaneity and Organisation

A lecture given by Bookchin at a conference in November 1971.

Revolutionary organisation - Maurice Brinton

Revolutionary Organisation

'Revolutionary Organisation' was published by Solidarity (Clydeside) in July 1969. (Clydeside pamphlet No. 2). It reprinted three articles published in early issues of the London Solidarity group journal. Although unsigned the articles were by Maurice Brinton.