workplace activity

Strike: a live history, 1887-1971 - Robert Leeson

A great set of short, first person accounts of strike action and industrial disputes from a broad range of workers from the late 19th to late 20th century is, compiled by Robert Leeson.

Work to rule

An account by a Starbucks Workers Union organizer of a successful work-to-rule.

How I got fired and won my job back

An article from an IWW organizer about his organizing that led to his being fired and returned to work.

Being a woman organizer isn’t easy

Wob women at a picket in Brooklyn, 2007.

An article by Luz Sierra about the gendered expectations she has faced within her family and culture.

Just say no

A short of account of a low-level direct action - a collective refusal to undertake a certain aspect of work - that occurred at a small language school.

An account of winning reinstatement for a suspended worker

A short account from a friend of ours of how he and his colleagues managed to get a member of staff who had been suspended on disciplinary grounds reinstated.

Lessons from small shop organizing

A significant amount of organizing experience in the IWW comes from working in relatively small workplaces such as stand-alone single shops or franchises of multiple smaller shops. These places present their own set of difficulties and opportunities. Lou Rinaldi talks about what happened at a former job of his in this piece.

An account of the universities strike, 31 October 2013

An account by Demogorgon, a left communist clerical worker and member of the International Communist Current, of the run-up to an day of the joint union strike action in UK universities, including a leaflet she/he distributed beforehand. We do not necessarily agree with all of bit but reproduce it for reference and discussion.

Meet my mates, the bastards

Fancy a challenge? Try keeping your politics intact whilst working with ordinary, apolitical workmates to build an unofficial union. Apolitical workplace organisers have it easy! If, like me, you hold dear a set of political beliefs that can only be fully realised once state and capital are no more, organising with your workmates may prove the most frustrating way of spending your precious time.