unions

10 July: a ‘season of struggle’?

An initial response to the announcement from the People’s Assembly that there will be a ‘mass strike’ on 10 July this year.

Industrial unionism in America - Marion Dutton Savage

IWW

The main objects of this volume are to "describe the different industrial unions which are functioning today [in the 1920s]" and to "draw some general conclusions as to the direction in which the labor movement is likely to develop in the future." It necessarily gives considerable historical matter pertaining to the unions under review, but it does not attempt to relate their history in detail. It draws liberally on previous writers, such as Brissenden, Budish and Soule, and Schlueter, for some of the unions.

In Defence of Malatesta

Errico Malatesta.

A defence of Malatesta's record on the unions and his attitude towards workers' organisations

Nothing in common: unions as bosses

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary.

Some cursory thoughts on the contradictions created by trade unions, as the collective voice of organised workers, also being employers.

State intervention to save capitalism: the IWW and the state

A discussion of the role of state intervention in the workers movement, an increasing approach of mobilizing movements to improve capitalism through state reform, and an appeal for the IWW to take an oppositional role to the state and such reform projects.

Learning valuable lessons about business unions

An exchange between Kdog and Brandon Oliver on the nature of the reformist unions.

What kind of workers deserve a union?

An article about the common framing of 'who unions are for'.

Lessons from a social service worker’s strike

This piece was written in 2004-2005 in the wake of a strike at a behavioral health facility. Through the immediate eyes of those experiences it grapples with a number of forces in working life we find ourselves up against today.

On union scabbing

Some quick thoughts on the need to respect picket lines and the challenge of the anti-strike laws and multi-union workplaces.

Business unionism vs revolutionary unionism - Dave Neal

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A piece on the decline of business unions and the opportunities this has opened up for a resurgent Revolutionary Union movement.