Organised by L’internationale, European network of museums, and Fundación de los Comunes within the framework of “The Uses of Art”The event will include four round-tables and a debate on the evenings of February 27th – 28th and March 1st. The debates will be open to the public and streamed live. A dialogue will be established with members of the whole audience, whether physically present or participating through social networks.
This is the final in our series on how global unions might be built. In it, the author argues for a rejuvenated form of solidarity built around occupation. Industrial unions began to replace guilds and friendly societies during the first wave of new unionism – starting towards the end of the 19th century. The labour movement may have lost something critical along the way. Look at the way we talk about work — people do jobs; but people are occupations. The author argues: “…we need to start from the principle that what we do and seek to do is more important than who we do it for.” As we have seen elsewhere in this series (see here, for instance) a revived focus on occupation could be constructed as an added dimension to existing union activity and structures — it need not require any major reconfiguration. The benefits to working people are obvious, as we have seen with professional associations and support networks. But a new approach based on occupational citizenship might also help us address some of the most pressing problems we face:
Kimimiz sistemci, kimimiz yazılımcı, kimimiz ağcı, kimimiz kablocu, kimimiz işletmen, kimimizse ağır işçiydik. Yoğun çalışıyor, çoğunlukla fazla mesailere kalıyor, neredeyse 7/24 bizi çalıştıran kurumlara hizmet ediyorduk. Ne yaptığımızın, niye yaptığımızın belki çok farkında değildik ama ağır işlerimize karşın işverene göre, proje yöneticisi, yetkili yazılım uzmanı, kıdemli sistem mühendisiydik ve tabii ki biz bir aileydik. Yarınların daha iyi olacağı, önümüzde sınırsız kariyer olanakları olduğu söylendi. Bir kısmımız inandı, bazılarımız uyandı ama süreç değişmedi.
Tüm anlatılanlar gerçek dışı olmakla kalmıyordu, alnımızın teri fazla mesailer için, ya çok az bir karşılık alıyorduk, ya da hiç. Ayrıca SGK pirimlerimiz asgari ücretten gösteriliyor, emeklilik haklarımız daha başından kısıtlanıyordu. Diğer ülkelerde yeni mezunlar en az 30 gün tatil yaparken, biz 14 gün tatil yapabiliyor muyduk? Hep yetiştirilecek projeler, bakım bekleyen sistemler vardı. Birçoğumuz hiç iki hafta üst üste tatil yapamadı. O kısıtlı tatillerde bile başımızın belası cep telefonları hiç susmadı.
Bu anlatıklarımız işlerin iyi gittiği şartlardı. Günü geldi nedensiz, kendimizi işyerinin kapısının önünde bulduk. Haklarımız gaspedilmişti. Hem de hiçbir karşılık almadan fazla mesai yaptığımız, cafcaflı ünvanlarla anıldığımız ve bir aile olduğumuz şirketlerce.
Bir gün kendimizi, bizden olan diğer arkadaşlara sorunlarımızı anlatırken bulduk. Evet sorunlar aynıydı, ya çözüm? İşte bu çözümleri geliştirmek, dayanışmak, birbirimize omuz vermek, tüm şartlandırmaları ve ünvanları bir kenara atıp işçi olduğumuzun iyice bilincine varmak, haklarımız ve ilgili mevzuat konusunda bilgilenmek, birbirimizi eğitmek, işsiz kalanlara bir danışma, başvuru adresi olmak için, Bilişim ve İletişim Çalışanları Dayanışma Ağı’nı kurmak için bir araya geldik.
Yakın hedeflerimizi gerçekleştirmek, bu amaçla dernekleşmek, başarısız örgütlenme deneyimlerimizden dersler çıkarmak, koskoca sektörde tek başımıza kalmamak için, sizleri de Bilişim ve İletişim Çalışanları Dayanışma Ağı’nı ilmek ilmek örmeye çağırıyoruz. Bilişim çağında, dayanışma ağında birleşelim!
From the back matter… Bureaucratic labor unions are under assault throughout the world. The decline of labor unions has exposed workers throughout the world to capitalist absolutism, where trade unions are unable to defend workers’ interests under capitalism. As financial…
Europe is haunted by austerity. Public sectors across the EU are cut back and working class gains from the post-war period seriously undermined (see also Reflections on the Eurozone crisis). In this blog post, I will assess the causes of the crisis, its implications for workers and discuss the politics of labour in response to the Eurozone crisis.
The sleeping giant is waking up. Brazil is awakening from the Fake Progress Dream of the 1%. Brazilians are taking the streets, but the media only talks about macro politics. Brazilian youth-and-not-so are demanding other economic, civic and social ways. But the media hides the facts: political assemblies in public, occupations of municipal assemblies (as Belo Horizontes´s occupation), new networked collectives fighting for the right to the city, for political participation… Media are showing empty reality shows, just as Turkish TV showed penguin documentaries when #OccupyGezi was coming to life. Istanbul and São Paulo are the twin faces of the Global Spring, a remix of the same shout. The same Brazilian tear gas is being used in Istanbul’s Taksim Square and Avenida Paulista in São Paulo. It is the gas of neoliberalism.
Billions in profit, cuts for local workers, scab-brewed beer for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians!
The war to set global labour standards in the brewing industry is being fought in the Canadian city of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
On one side, the Canadian division of the world's largest (and very profitable) brewing corporation, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev). On the other, one of the global giant’s smallest and most vulnerable local unions in what appears to be an attempt to establish a pattern of concessions and roll-backs that the corporation could then try to impose on all of its other unionized workers around the world.
Can we build a new global unionism through international campaigning? This article looks at what we can learn from the highly successful maritime internationalism of the ITF Flags of Convenience campaign.
At first glance international shipping does not appear the most natural terrain for effective international solidarity. It is a highly competitive industry where capital is mobile in the most literal way. And for nearly 80 years ship owners have adopted Flags of Convenience – the practice of registering ships outside the country of ownership – to avoid regulation, and particularly restrictions on sourcing labour from low wage countries.
1. ‘Networking’ has fundamental but ambiguous implications for labour under a globalised capitalism.
The inter/national labour movement was formed within the struggle in and against the industrial and nation-state period of capitalist development, one now being increasingly challenged. ‘Networking’, in the sense of open, changing, flexible, interdependent relations between formally independent parties, is becoming the dominant ‘relational form’ under capitalism but is a highly contradictory one for labour and its traditional forms of inter/national organisation. It engenders new forms of work, workers, products and enterprises and of relations between such. Networking simultaneously broadens/ flexibilises/strengthens globalised capitalist domination andhas anti- or even post-capitalist emancipatory potential. The development of a globalised and informatised capitalism requires labour to understand the increasing centrality of information/ communications/culture to society, and that this is the nervous system of internationalism and solidarity.
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International Solidarity: Practices, problems, possibilities
Department of Sociology School or Social Sciences and Philosophy Trinity College Dublin
International Solidarity: Practices, problems, possibilities
One day Conference. Trinity College Dublin, December 6, 2013.
Keynote speaker: Peter Waterman (formerly working on labour and social movements, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague; currently working with NetworkedUnionism (Amsterdam), DemocraciaGlobal (Lima, Peru), Interface: Journal on and for Social Movements (Dublin), World Social Forum; initiator of exchange on Social Movement Unionism)
Speaking to Greek activists and unionists in 2013, network member Dan Gallin* presented an overview of the progress (and otherwise!) of the labour movement in the 20th century. While there is much we can learn from the past, there is also much we must leave behind. Dan has been a union leader most of his life, and he has seen the union movement at its best and its worst. Yes, capitalism is in crisis: austerity is their solution. However, the labour movement is also in crisis. Our solution must be both revolutionary and democratic. Dan is working with a growing cohort of like-minded activists to build a repoliticised labour movement with a new vision for socialism. If you haven’t heard about this don’t worry too much — it’s coming soon, to a street near you!
A pair of Turkey’s labor unions said Sunday that they will hold a general strike Monday after riot police raided an Istanbul park and public square, firing plumes of powerful tear gas and water cannons at anti-government demonstrators.