unions

'Change the Rules': reifying labour under capital

A critique of Sally McManus, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, and the 'Change the Rules' campaign from a communist perspective.

The Rise and Fall and Insurrection of Trade Unionism in Tanzania

Chachage Seithy L. Chachage

An overview of the development of trade unions in Tanzania between the 1920s and 1990s by Tanzanian sociologist Chachage Seithy L. Chachage.

The Development of Trade Unions in Uganda

Roger Scotts history of the development of Trade Unions in Uganda, published 1966.

Iran: Call for demonstrations from the striking workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Co.

Striking workers at the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Co. on Friday called for demonstrations across Iran tomorrow under the slogan "Bread. Jobs. Freedom." We have translated their statement from Persian and present it in both languages here.

IWW statements on language school organising in Dublin

Workers in Dublin's English language schools have been getting organised!

Women in struggle: The Mansfield Hosiery strike

Mansfield hosiery strike

The strike at Mansfield Hosiery Mills in November-December 1972, involving male and female Asian workers, was a struggle which exposed not only the racialism of the National Union of Hosiery and Knitwear Workers and the management, but also showed the roles played by the Race Relations Board, the Loughborough Community Relations Council, and the Runnymede Trust, who 'are moving to find a new lease of life in the mediating machinery within industry and therefore present an image of management with a liberal face'.

The Standard Telephones and Cables strike, 1973

STC Picket line, Spare Rib.

The Standard Telephones and Cables strike in 1973 was one of a wave of strikes by black and asian workers confronting both the racism of their white colleagues and management, and sabotage from their own trade unions in the 1970s. It was preceded by the Mansfield Hosiery strike in 1972, and followed by the Imperial Typewriters strike in 1974.

Organising the Unorganised: 'Race', Poor Work and Trade Unions

Burnsall Strike

John Wrench and Satnam Virdee discuss the relationship between mostly South Asian women workers at Heathrow and Burnsall (Smethwick), their relationships with the TGWU and GMB trade unions, and the role of non-union groups such as the Indian Workers Association and London Support Group. They also discuss racism and reactions to it in British trade unions more generally.

Durham Teaching Assistants – Not Finished Yet?

The solidarity and determination of the Durham Teaching Assistants has been an inspiration to other workers throughout the North East and beyond. More than once they refused to accept a deal which would have meant a complete cave-in.

Vietnam: 6,000 workers involved in wildcat strike at clothing factory

Various striking workers gather around a central courtyard.

Inhumane conditions and low wages have led to approximately 6,000 workers going on strike at a garment factory in Thanh Hoa province, Vietnam.