To take on the problems not accept them

Direct unionism in practice: undermining service industry barriers to worker solidarity

This response is primarily written with the intention of facilitating an introduction to Direct Unionism for service workers who are very new to labour. We hope to participate in the DU discussion, and share with those interested how we have been affected by these conversations and also how we are practicing and implementing these ideas.

http://libcom.org/library/direct-unionism-practice-undermining-service-industry-barriers-worker-solidarity

Compositional Power

I like this interview:

http://turbulence.org.uk/turbulence-1/compositional-power/

Indian workers kill their boss following the murder of a union leader

During clashes between workers and police outside an Indian ceramics factory, local police murder a union leader. The workers retaliate by murdering a senior company executive, and burning down several company premises.

http://libcom.org/blog/indian-workers-kill-their-boss-following-murder-union-leader-29012012

Italian taxi drivers and truckers strike against fuel prices and economic reform

Taxi drivers and truckers across Italy set up road blocks in a protests against record fuel prices, and government reforms to 'free up' their work sectors. More strikes are planned for the coming weeks and months across a variety of sectors.

Israeli Military Prepares for Massive Gaza Invasion ‘Within Months’

The Jerusalem Post reports today that Israel’s military has ordered its Southern Command to prepare for a “large scale” invasion of the Gaza Strip, likely to begin within the next few months.

http://news.antiwar.com/2012/01/16/israeli-military-prepares-for-massive-gaza-invasion-within-months/

The Police: The Case Against

There is a commonly held assumption that the police are a necessary presence in a civilised society, one that ensures the preservation of social order. And yet this assumption is deeply ideological, blurring the distinction between the act of policing with the existence of an institutional police force.

http://politeire.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/the-police-the-case-against/

Weakening the Dam

A pamphlet put out by the Twin Cities IWW branch for the purpose of promoting the development of workplace organisers, based on their experiences of organising at work. It offers the sort of practical advice we could all be implementing in our own workplaces.

     

http://libcom.org/library/weakening-dam-twin-cities-iww

Class conscious unionism is made illegal by the capitalist class. Segregation was once legal. Do we accept wage-slavery?

 If your union breaks labour law in Australia, your union is 'de-certified'. As long as unions are committed to being 'in business', this 'de-certification threat will be an effective block to workers' power in controlling wages and working conditions. Radical subjectivity is the basis of any effective movement towards more freedom and that's what 'progressive' means for the working class: progressing out of wage-slavery toward more freedom. Playing by the rules set up by the ruling class through their polytricksters only ensures a handcuffed working class forced in to class collaboration. Fascists taught the democratic bourgeoisie how to deal with the class struggle--make it illegal.

My body, my rules: a case for rape and domestic violence survivors becoming workplace organizers (trigger warning)

Liberté Locke, a Starbucks Workers Union organizer, writes about how violence at work and in our personal lives are similar, how domestic abusers and bosses use the same techniques of control and that we need to fight both.

http://libcom.org/library/my-body-my-rules-case-rape-domestic-violence-survivors-becoming-workplace-organizers

Class and class struggle - an introduction

An explanation of what we on libcom.org mean by the word "class", and related terms such as "working class" and "class struggle."

http://libcom.org/library/class-class-struggle-introduction

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