A podcast on workers' control from Pacifica Radio's "Against the Grain" with Immanuel Ness, labour historian and author of 'Ours to Master and to Own: Workers' Control from the Commune to the Present'.
Wed 31.8.11| Workers' Control
'What happens when those who work for others decide to take their collective destinies into their own hands and manage themselves? That's a question workers around the world have answered in different forms over the 140 years since the Paris Commune. Scholar and activist Immanuel Ness discusses the history, across time and place, of workers' control and workers' councils.'
It includes historical context about the Spanish Revolution/Civil War, Paris Commune, and others, and Ness talks about what constitutes workers' self-management and people's assemblies, and about the pros and cons of different partial approaches, like bureaucratic unions, western European-style social democracy, and worker-owned cooperatives under contemporary capitalism.