More notes on the social strike

Cautiously pessimistic

Plan C have been busy recently – their Teesside group have a new writing project, Luxcom, that looks to be worth paying attention to, and they also have a new interview up tracing the origins of the “social strike” idea, a theme that’s also taken up in this article on how to socialise the UCU strike at the universities.

Reading the social strike interview, something that struck me (no pun intended) was how European-focused it was, with the social strike being presented as something that developed out of the Italian and French contexts. This is interesting because to me, a lot of the experiences that are useful for making sense of the idea have been American ones – particularly the chain of struggles that ran roughly from the attempts at a general strike in Winsconsin, through the Oakland general strike and the port shutdown across the…

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