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WSM Autumn 2006 national conference report

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Nov 16 2006 15:53
WSM Autumn 2006 national conference report

The Workers Solidarity Movement held its Autumn 2006 National conference in Seomra Spraoi, a social centre in Dublin. The conference saw around two thirds of the membership attending with greetings sent from our comrades involved in the struggle in Rossport.

National Conference opens with questioning the reports given by various office holders, editorial committees etc. A summary of these reports can be found at http://www.wsm.ie/story/1417

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Nov 16 2006 16:04
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Three wsm members attended the IWU conference last april

iwu?

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Nov 16 2006 16:25

Independent Workers Union. http://www.union.ie

It's a newish trade union, an attempt to found a non-bureaucratised one outside of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. There are mixed views on the Irish left about whether this is:

a) Necessary because the mainstream trade union movement is beyond rescue.

b) A nice idea which isn't going to go anywhere but will have the effect of removing a layer of militants from the mainstream movement and therefore strengthening the bureaucracy.

c) A useful attempt to try something new, which may or may not work.

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Nov 16 2006 16:41

There is a bit about the IWU in Red and Black Revolution but its one of the pieces that is not yet online.

IA's summary is fair, our position is basically closest to c) although some individual members are probably closer to a) or b)

It is recruiting well among migrant workers and claims around 2000 members, essentially its a somewhat syndicalist breakaway union with all sorts of teething problems some of which might prove fatal.

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Nov 16 2006 16:46

Nice!

BTW what do you expect to discuss in ur 'oh noes we are all mans' debate? What would u potentially do about it?

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Nov 17 2006 12:51

This conference just saws a general discussion of gender balance with a brain storming list that will now go to branches and delegate council.

Driven by WSM-mna we have been doing some stuff already as agreed though delegage conference, these are the bits in italics below

4.19 The organisation hold a day school on women in revolutionary organisations, which would follow on from the Dublin Anarchist Book fair. The aim is to empower women and give them a voice and to raise the profile of gender issues. It would be open to men and women, but to facilitate the former, the opening and closing sessions would be women only.
This event would be organised by women in the WSM. (DC Jan 2006)"

happened back at the start of the summer and was pretty succesful with I think around 40 attending 2/3 of whom were women

S5. The WSM raise the profile of women by always having an article on women in our publications. They can be “women and” type articles which look at how women experience oppression under capitalism. More importantly there should be articles that highlight the often-invisible work done by women. The aim is to provide a role-model; presenting being an activist or a revolutionary something as ‘normal’ if you are women. We should interviews (because they are accessible and personal) as well as ordinary articles.
All members should write a portion of the articles. [DC Jan 2006]

This has been in place for the last few months

4.21 The organisation will organise an internal day school on rape, sexual harrassment and safer spaces. Individuals will be asked to research topics to be presented at this dayschool.This dayschool will be used to inform a safer spaces policy. The dayschool should take place by the end of 2006.
This is taking place this weekend in Cork

The discussion at conference was useful in highlighting some of the informal reasons why its hard to break down a skewed gender balance but as I've said already on libcom I think the only real way to fix such a problem is to emphasise recruiting women, in part to overcome these informal barriers.

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Nov 17 2006 13:03

Did you folks spend any time discussing relationships between yourselves and other anarchist communist groups in this group of islands huddling off the shore of mainland Europe?

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Nov 17 2006 16:24

nope, but we did elect a super duper new international secretary, who will respond instantly to any emails sent to the wsm address (this may be an exaggeration). we have now been translated into arabic, how cool is that? and don't get me started about the spanish bulletin.

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Nov 17 2006 17:47

OK. Sounds positive. Personally, I think we need to build on the joint work we are currently doing, which is admitedly limited and around the Shell to Sea Campaign.