This essay explores the nitty-gritty dealings of the activist community from the point of view of an on-the-ground organizer.
Two union reps sacked by their employer for their trade union activities are lobbying the National Executive Committee of the PCS union tomorrow. In two very similar cases of union busting and victimisation, the union has failed to offer adequate support in quite different ways.
The trade union for public and welfare services (JHL) went on wildcat strike to oppose the "marketization" of Palmia, a municipally-owned service enterprise. The right-wing leadership of the city is attempting to reorganise 50% of Palmia so that it must participate in tendering-out, which will lead to substantial wage cuts for the workers. The seizure of subway and tram transport by striking workers proved to be a powerful weapon in the struggle against the bosses.