unions

Basics of Organising from the IWW

Your power lies in organization

A short pamphlet from the IWW on the essentials of early-stage organising at work, including the practice of 'workplace mapping'.

Labour Advice Bureau – Workers’ Dreadnought

Labour Advice Bureau

Here is a sarcastic piece from Sylvia Pankhurst’s Workers’ Dreadnought paper in 1922, it was reprinted as follows in 1961 by the UK-based libertarian socialist group Solidarity in their Solidarity for Workers’ Power journal (vol.1, no. 8).

The terminal decline of the TUC

In 2016 trade union membership dipped to an all time low. Analysis by TUC officials suggests that the situation is even starker – younger workers aren’t joining unions, causing a membership crisis that could come to a head within fifteen years.

Blood on their hands: the racist history of modern police unions

Protest by the New York police union

Against the background of the black lives matter movement, Flint Taylor takes a look at the racist history of American police "unions".

On the union question - Amadeo Bordiga and Onorato Damen

An extract from the book 'Bordiga: Beyond the Myth', published by the CWO/ICT, available in multiple languages, on the question of working with unions. All italics in this article are the commentaries from the ICT.

A survey of the French workers (1880) – La Revue Socialiste

The text of a questionnaire circulated among working class and trade union circles in France in 1880 by the editors of La Revue Socialiste, as part of an attempt to generate a statistical database to facilitate a detailed understanding the situation of the working class in France, and to promote much-needed reforms similar to those enacted in Great Britain with respect to reducing the length of the working day, regulating female and child labor, and implementing industrial safety and sanitation guidelines.

SAFTU: The Tragedy and (Hopefully not) the Farce

The labour movement has been unable to de-link itself from its archenemy: capital. As its structures bureaucratise, as its leaders become career unionists, as it opens investment companies and pays staff increasingly inequitable salaries, it increasingly mirrors the very thing it is fighting. If the South African Federation of Trade Unions is to meet its promise, it must be fundamentally different from the organisation it was born out of.

A history of trade unionism in the Philippines

Workers demonstrate in the Philippines

A detailed account of the history of the workers' movement in the Philippines, by the International Communist Current. We disagree with the articles references to decadence theory, however reproduce it for its detailed historical information.

Al Ditty – Working Class Hero

Grave marker for Al Ditty, Mpls. sanitation worker who leaked police raid plan

A tribute to a white Minneapolis sanitation worker who was fired and committed suicide after leaking plans for a police raid on the Justice for Jamar Clark protest encampment outside the 4th Precinct police station in North Minneapolis.

La unua de majo en la "Tria Regno"

La historio de la uzo de la Maja Tago per le Nazi regno.