In times like these…

  • Where a global crisis is once again followed by the threat of global war
  • Where inflation is attack on our wages world-wide, while also so-called left governments from Germany to Spain to the USA agree to spend billions extra on rearmament
  • Where the ruling class tries to deepen the division within our class, e.g. in form of deportations to Rwanda or other scapegoating actions
  • Where the introduction of automation and technology doesn’t lead to a better life for everyone, but an increase of unemployment and pressure on wages

We have to be ready to break the cage of the law by…

  • organising strikes in stronger sectors in solidarity with workers’ struggles in weaker sectors
  • resisting job cuts and company closures if necessary through occupations
  • fighting by all means necessary against overtime and work stress while others have trouble finding a job
  • squatting empty flats and houses in response to increasing homelessness
    refusing that people of our class go hungry or cold if necessary by defying energy bills
  • physically opposing migration raids, deportations, evictions or arrests at picket-lines

We have to prepare ourselves for this. We have to stop acting like victims. The competition between trade unions and their fear to defy the law make them only a limited weapon in our struggle. Most organisations want to proclaim victories and therefore don’t allow us to learn from the strong and weak points of our strikes and struggles. We have to learn to speak for ourselves.

During the pandemic we have seen that workers in the so-called ‘essential sectors – transport, health, food – would well be able to run society in a better, more equal and less destructive way. We will have to take on this responsibility and wrest the means of production from the abyss of their system of profits and power.

Here in Bristol, like elsewhere, we have to find each other. Some of us work at Southmead hospital, others in local schools. We run a solidarity network in Avonmouth industrial and logistics area. /

What are Unions and Why Should You Form One?

IWW Scotland Blog

In the first of a series of articles exploring the basics of organising our workplaces, James Reed, a Fellow Worker from Clydeside IWW outlines what a union actually is and explores why you should consider forming one in your workplace or community.

You might not know much about trade unions, or maybe you’ve only ever seen them on the news. Or maybe you just joined the one in your workplace when you started the job, but you’ve not heard much about what it’s for or what it’s doing.

You might hear of strikes and union victories in other places, but think that sort of thing isn’t possible where you are. Or maybe you want to do things like that at your job too, but just don’t know where to start.

Not to worry: this article is for you.

What is a trade union?

So, what is a trade union?


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