teleSUR | June 25, 2018
WASHINGTON—The AFL-CIO has launched a national print and digital “Join a union” ad campaign, complete with quarter-page ads in top national and regional newspapers.
The point, federation President Richard Trumka says in an open letter to all workers – the centerpiece of the drive – is to tell workers if they want decent raises, better benefits, and a voice on the job, unionizing is the way to go.Read More »
The authors use the example of the working class in Argentina to demonstrate how social movements and working people can create alternative models of production that serve the interests of people and not of those of capitalism.
The remarkable “recovered factories” (fábricas recuperadas) movement saw hundreds of closed factories reopened by the workers, run democratically, creating jobs and helping working class and poor communities. It showed that there is only so much protesting can accomplish – at some point you have to create something new. But it also shows it is essential that such alternative sites of production form alliances with, and become embedded, in other movements of the working class, poor and peasantry, including unions and unemployed movements. This assists them in building larger struggles, and provides them with some protection from the capitalist market and the state.
THE Tories have made it difficult for workers to take industrial action because strikes work, bakers’ union leader Ronnie Draper said today.
Addressing the annual conference of train drivers’ union Aslef, the Bakers, Food & Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) general secretary said: “People say strikes don’t work. I don’t believe that. Four years ago we had the Hovis strike in Wigan.
Today, delegates at the PCS annual conference in Brighton overwhelmingly backed an industrial action ballot of our members across the Civil Service and other related organisations.
This means 150,000 workers could walk out this summer, if the government doesn’t change its tune on pay.Read More »
In view of the historic May Day, May 1st, analysts from Monthly Review, the famous independent socialist magazine, identify tasks the working classes should press with. In the following interviews, conducted in early-April, John Bellamy Foster, Professor and Editor of Monthly Review; Fred Magdoff, Professor Emeritus, and one of Monthly Review’s closest associates; and Michael D. Yates, Professor Emeritus and Associate Editor of Monthly Review, provide answers (presented in alphabetical order) to a number of questions as well as slogans to be raised by the working classes on May Day in 2018. (Monthly Review’s Associate Editor R. Jamil Jonna’s contribution in putting the interviews into final shape is thankfully acknowledged.) The interviews, conducted for MR Online, by Farooque Chowdhury, have been translated into Baanglaa and presented in a booklet for distribution on May Day.
On November 18, 1959, Fidel stated “… Given its power, given its triumph since January 1, May Day has become a powerful factor, decisive in the political life of the country, because, with the general strike called with the Rebel Army, it was the working class that delivered the final blow to plans to snatch the people’s victory at the last moment, as they had done on other occasions …”Read More »