workplace activity

Strategy for industrial struggle - Mark Fore

Strategy for Industrial Struggle

The years 1970-72 saw industrial struggle in the UK reach levels which hadn't been seen since the 1920s. This pamphlet by "Mark Fore", a pseudonym of Ken Weller, set out alternatives to traditional strike strategy. Published by Solidarity (London) in May 1971.

A New Workers Movement in the US: A proposal for a refoundation through the intermediate level

Using the concept of the intermediate level, an exploration of what a new workers movement in the US might entail.

Thrown off balance: workers struggles against equilibrium

A response to a debate on unions in the United States today started between a number of groups and individuals including Unity & Struggle and Advance the Struggle. This piece attempts to argue against militant reformism growing in the union movements towards a politic of ruptures and revolutionary workplace organizing drawing from the concept of equilibrium.

Working at Artistry Bakery and Cafe - Madaline Dreyfus

In this article, Madaline tells the story of how she fell into organizing and the IWW – pushed both by terrible bosses and by amazing solidarity among her coworkers.

A moving story: with afterword - Jocelyn Cohn and James Frey

In 2012, workers at a small moving company in New York City rose up against bad pay and dangerous work conditions. In the course of the struggle, much was revealed about how exploitation operates; how the enticements of 'self-expression' and a 'laid back' atmosphere serve to weaken consciousness and collective action. At the same time, this history reveals the opportunities and limits that workers face within self-organized struggles in a small business format. This is an updated version with a new 2013 afterward by the original author.

Punching out - Martin Glaberman

Seminal text by Marty Glaberman detailing his experiences of wildcat strikes and union policing of the workforce during the heyday of the UAW in Detroit's auto factories.

An injury to one – fighting the victimisation of workplace organisers

Victimisation, by bosses and the state, of those who try to organise in the workplace is nothing new. But recently a spate of high profile cases have focused wider attention on the issue.

‘Silent grinding, bit by bit’: in the occupation at the University of Sussex

Staff show their opposition to outsourcing

An interview with Maia Pal, a tutor and member of the 2012-13 anti-privatisation campaign at the University of Sussex.

Manifesto of the fast food worker - Socialist Alternative (U.S.)

Actor Kevin Spacey in the film 'American Beauty'.

The U.S. organization Socialist Alternative's text on the fast food industry, written in the wake of an organising drive at Pizza Hut in 2003. Though insightful, we disagree with the politics of the authors, Tony Wilsdon and Brent Gaspaire.

An open letter to rank-and-file education workers from the Civil Service Rank & File Network

Open letter from the Civil Service Rank & File Network to workers in the education industry, following the National Union of Teachers' rejection of strike action on March 13th, calling on them to organise independently of their union bureaucrats.