Zine: “Build the Revolution: Anarcho-Syndicalism in the 21st Century” – Anon.

Print PDF can be found here.

Many thanks to It’s Going Down, who originally published this zine.

Introduction

Anarchists are debating anarcho-syndicalism once again.  If anarcho-syndicalism is a “ghost”—like some critics are claiming—it has proven extremely hard to exorcise.  But it is something very different entirely.

The current debate was sparked by “Nothing to Syndicate,” which largely repeats standard criticisms of AS, some of the more recent of which can be seen here and here; see also the summaries here.  Then came a critique of “Nothing” (“Aiming at Ghosts”), and then two replies defending the original piece (here and here).   The debate has been fairly limited so far.  The important first reply to “Nothing,” as well as the defenses that followed, have been wrestling over the details of the original piece.  But what’s been missing is a comprehensive response to the original question. …

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Joining the dots

To say there’s been a bit of a furore surrounding Greggs ploy to grab a bit of extra market share by offering vegan sausage rolls in their outlets is an understatement: Greggs: How its vegan sausage roll stormed social media. This was the offering that caused Piers Morgan to lose his s**t, prompting him to tweet: “Nobody was waiting for a vegan bloody sausage, you PC-ravaged clowns.”

At the end of the day, this was a major company recognising that there are a growing number of vegans and deciding that it wanted a slice of that market. It was a business decision and nothing more – they weren’t doing it for the good of the planet or people’s health. The same applies to any other large company or corporation deciding to produce and sell vegan products – it’s about pumping up the bottom line and nothing else.

So when vegans…

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UC rollout delayed – with yet another pilot scheme

scottish unemployed workers' network

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So, Amber Rudd has decided to delay the compulsory switch-over of people already on benefits to Universal Credit – but still plans to have this completed by the already-delayed deadline of 2023. And she claims that she will learn from yet another pilot – although there is little evidence of the government accepting useful lessons from anything they have done so far. Not so much really good news as ‘not so bad in the circumstances’ news:  too little too late – though it will be a huge temporary relief for many. Maybe the jobcentres could even stop trying to persuade people to change over to Universal Credit too…

Every time there is major concern about the impact of Universal Credit, the Tories try and do the minimum to make the problem move off the front pages. We need to keep up the pressure so that the serious and major…

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AngryWorkers – Class Struggle Reading Group – Corrected dates

Angry Workers of the World

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AngryWorkers are hosting a reading group based on texts about different aspects of class struggle. We hope to have a meeting every two months. There will be a text (maximum 30 pages) to read before the meeting, the first one we’ve chosen is Mike Davis’ essay, ‘Old Gods, New Enigmas’. This is Davis’ first text directly about the question of working class struggle and its revolutionary potential (his previous books were Planet of Slums and City of Quartz).

At second glance the text seems unnecessarily complicated, but we still think that their are important thoughts to be unearthed, e.g. about the relation between economic and political struggle, the relationship between industrial workers and the working poor, the role of agency and organisation. We will summarise the text for the meeting and present the main points for discussion.

The text can be accessed here:

https://catalyst-journal.com/vol1/no2/historical-agency-davis

We collated it as a printable…

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Indian workers hold biggest strike in history

Via Industriall Global Union

150 million Indian workers took strike action in what is reported to be the biggest work stoppage in history.

Ten trade union centres and several independent federations joined together for an historic general strike on 8 and 9 January 2019. Workers in manufacturing, mining, energy, transportation, banking, public services, construction  and many other sectors took part, including many IndustriALL Global Union affiliates. For the first time, agricultural workers and farmers also called for a solidarity shutdown of rural India.

The unions sent a strong message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s National Democratic Alliance ahead of the May 2019 general elections.

The key union demand is to engage in genuine consultation with unions over reform of labour laws, including the Trade Union Act 1926. Unions demand that the government ratify ILO Conventions 87 and 98 and stop pro-employer labour law amendments.

IndustriALL general secretary Valter Sanches sent a letter of support, saying:

“Millions of workers took to the streets of India to call attention to the serious deterioration of their working conditions, and to call for the implementation of urgent measures to contain price rise through universalization of public distribution systems and banning of speculative trade in the commodity market; reduce unemployment through concrete measures for employment generation; and achieve the strict enforcement of fundamental labour laws.

“We reiterate our solidarity and support of your demands.”

Unions also demand:

  • Universal social security coverage for all workers
  • A minimum wage of not less than Rs 15,000 (US$213) per month, with provisions of indexation
  • A pension of not less than Rs 3,000 (US$43) per month for the entire working population
  • An end to disinvestment in and sale of central public sector enterprises
  • An end to casualization of permanent work
  • Compulsory registration of trade unions within 45 days

Remembering Sakine

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

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Six years today, on 9 January, 2013, the Kurdish revolutionary Sakine Cansiz was murdered in the Kurdish Community Centre in Paris, in the heart of Europe. Two young revolutionary Kurdish women, Leyla Şaylemez and Fidan Doğan, were also shot and killed; a single bullet to the head each, execution style.

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Paris, yet more across Kurdistan, and others all around the world in rage and despair to grieve and protest.

And we will continue to protest. Every year thousands of Kurds and their friends gather in for an annual protest in commemoration of the assassination, just as we will gather this Saturday in central Paris alongside our Kurdish friends and comrades.

But all three of these women live on, and particularly Sakine, code name Sara, whose photo adorns the offices of every women’s movement office and space in Rojava. Their struggle…

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A few words about the links from this blog

This is pretty much how we operate also. If we criticise an action or policy we try to be specific and leave personal feelings out. Above all you need to be involved in a campaign to have an opinion on how it’s run!

And when it’s occasionally necessary to take issue with someone over careless language or historical revisionism, the best way still is and always will be, one to one and face to face.

When we link to another group from this blog, it is not a one hundred percent endorsement of their politics, strategy and tactics. What it represents is an acknowledgement that they’re broadly moving in the same direction of travel as us. If we were to be totally purist and insist on near total alignment with our politics, there would certainly be fewer links in the sidebar!

Fortunately we’re not purists, we’re pragmatists. Operating out here in Essex, we have to be pragmatic when it comes to working with ad-hoc alliances to achieve a result. The Save Southend NHS campaign is one such example of a broad ranging ad-hoc alliance that got a result and one that we’ve been happy to stand alongside on a few occasions. Save Our Libraries Essex looks to be another alliance we’ll be happy to support.

We’ve always liked the idea of a range of groups…

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