Anonymity in joining Anarcho-syndacalist unions

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Joined: 3-03-14
Mar 3 2014 22:00
Anonymity in joining Anarcho-syndacalist unions

Good evening,

Is joining an anarcho-syndicalist organisation generally anonymous? Or are there consequences of joining either that, or similar organisations, in terms of visiting certain countries (particularly the US), or in getting certain job positions? (e.g. within the government)

There doesn't seem to be much information on the internet at all!

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Chilli Sauce
Joined: 5-10-07
Mar 4 2014 20:22

Your choice. I know many people don't join anonymously, per se, but use a pseudonym. And, of course, any respectable a/s organisation is going to keep its membership lists secret. In terms of getting jobs or traveling abroad, you're not going to get 'outed' by your organisation, but you can rest fairly assured that if you're an effective militant it's going to get noticed by management.

That said, in most countries, if a union registers with the state, the names of officers have to be submitted regularly to the labor board. So maybe be a bit careful before you run for a position.

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Joseph Kay
Joined: 14-03-06
Mar 4 2014 20:29

If you pay dues in cash, and ask the treasurer to note the dues against a pseudonym, there'd be nothing in writing which could breach anonymity. Registered unions in the UK are meant to keep the names and addresses of all members on record, but I don't think it would be too hard to get around by giving a pseudonym and a care of address (you might want them to have an address that would reach you if they organised a postal ballot).

BakuninistDialectics's picture
Joined: 3-01-15
Jan 3 2015 23:47

You can probably pay dues with an alias.

zs.daniels's picture
Joined: 7-01-15
Jan 13 2015 03:39

If you send in your registration and dues by snail-mail, it should do the trick.

plasmatelly's picture
Joined: 16-05-11
Jan 13 2015 07:44

There's some pretty hefty anti-union laws in the uk that obligate unions (all unions!) to keep computer records of members - using an alias may be one way of avoiding being kept on a union computer. Practically, if a union is to strike officially - this obviously doesn't apply to unofficial action - afaik they must declare to the employer how many members they have and expect striking (not who is actually a member) - again, no obligation to stating who is part of your membership. Tbh, I think joining any union that is militant and at the same time trying to stay anonymous as a member is mission impossible; in order to drive unions forward and move into bigger workplaces, there has to be people prepared to waiver anonymity (though this doesn't necessarily have to be you!)