syndicalism

A Reply to Syndicalism: Its Strengths and Weaknesses

A response from Tom Wetzel of the Workers Solidarity Alliance to Alan MacSimóin's article on syndicalism.

Syndicalism: Its strengths & weaknesses

The main organisational form in libertarian politics in 1994 was syndicalism. Alan MacSimon, a delegate to Dublin Council of Trade Unions who has also attended a European gathering of revolutionary unions looked at the potential, and limits, of syndicalism.

Swedish unions, why do we suck? A syndicalist attempt to provide solutions

Swedish unions, why do we suck? A syndicalist attempt to provide solutions

Outside of Sweden, people are often impressed by the fact that a majority of Swedish employees are unionized and work under collective agreements. But Swedish unions’ ability to defend workers’ interests is declining, argues Rasmus Hästbacka, showing that high union density is no guarantee of strength or militancy.

Let’s find alternatives to striking

Organizing Work

This article is taken from the website Organizing Work, published on November 8, 2021. A different version was originally published in Swedish. The authors argue for a third path between the “consensus fundamentalism” of Sweden’s mainstream labor bureaucracy, and the “romanticization” of strikes among the grassroots — namely, re-learning how to build pressure within the workplace.

FAQ on syndicalism

FAQ on syndicalism

22 online questions and answers. Launched by the syndicalist union SAC in Sweden, more precisely by its Local in the city of Umeå (northern Sweden). www.sac.se/LS/Umeå/FAQ.

Greetings from Sweden: A dual-track syndicalism?

Greetings from Sweden: A dual-track syndicalism?

This article was originally published in the American labor magazine ASR in the summer of 2021. The author argues for developing SAC as a popular movement union, rather than turning SAC into a "revolutionary" cadre union.

A Syndicalist Strategy for the Swedish Labour Market

A syndicalist strategy for the Swedish labour market

The article is taken from the CounterPunch website. Originally published in Swedish. About offensive trade union strategies despite contemporary anti-strike legislation.

Swedish syndicalism: an outline of its ideology and practice

Swedish syndicalism

A simple PDF version of a forthcoming book, aimed at readers new to Swedish syndicalism. It will be published in printed form, as an ebook and audio book, both in English and Swedish, by the Umeå Local of SAC. The ebook and audio book will be available online free of charge here.

My thoughts after attending the “Workers Rising Everywhere” training: A critique of the McAlevey organising model

A grocery store worker reflects on his experience attending the latest installment of Jane McAlevey’s “Organizing for Power” series. This article was first published by Organizing Work.

Workplace struggles are political

credit: natykosart

Marianne Garneau criticises the leftist idea of a separation between workplace struggles and politics. This article was first published on Organizing Work.