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Wanted: Data on union membership

Do you have information on union membership levels in any of the the countries of Africa, Asia, South America or the Caribbean? If so, we urgently need your help! Here's why:…Continue

Started by Peter HJ May 29.

Together at last 2 Replies

Here's an interesting idea that is being developed down in New Zealand... a (kind of) union run by unions:…Continue

Started by Peter HJ. Last reply by Bandula Idamegama Apr 19.

Support for the Occupy movement 1 Reply

We're currently looking at options to support the Occupy movement. Clearly we can't all go camping, but we CAN help by turning up en masse whenever an eviction is called for, or with food and…Continue

Started by Peter HJ. Last reply by Orsan Senalp Nov 15, 2011.

The decline of unionism in the U S whats the best path forward? 9 Replies

The aversion and in many cases hatred of organized labor by working class people astonishes me. The question of the decline of unionism with out a doubt directly ties to the rise in corporate power…Continue

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Comment by Orsan Senalp on July 24, 2014 at 22:35

I have received the below open letter from someone who is very well-known by devoting his life time efforts to international and global solidarity and social emancipation: Peter Waterman. Yet he did put a stress on labour internationalism, of which he saw that the solidarity between unions is only one and a small part in the broad picture. Waterman, himself is coming from a Jewish family, has been openly critical of Zionism and Israel’s ever-expanding a barbaric occupation on Palestinian territory. He has been actively blogging about global labour and union solidarity in his blog page onUnionbook. I say he ‘had’ because, the ‘owner’ of the Unionbook and its mother project LabourStart,Eric Lee, although claiming to be a ‘democratic socialist’ who is known with his over sympathy to the Israeli state and who is also the administrator of the Unionbook site banned Waterman’s user account two days ago. Lee did create the Unionbook on Ning servers. Ning belongs to the corporation owned by Zuckerberg’s ex-partner who is also the creator of Napster. Unionbook thought as a social network site for unionists and attracted at around 5600 international unionist, as users. Waterman’s communication now cut down, as Gazza’s roads cut down by Israel, and he can not now access his acount, pages, posts etc. on Unionbook, and can not responde this on his own blog page on the site.

In the below open letter Waterman guesses the possible reason behind the ‘occupation’ of his cyberspace by Lee, and invites him to discuss the issue publicly. According to Waterman the ban came right after he re-blogged Lee’s own article where Lee openly supports recent war/sate-terrorism launched on Gazza. Waterman gives details from his perspective and indicates the limits of the marriage between ideologies like Zionism, as well as other nationalisms and internationalism.

Now you can read on, as Peter always sez:

Comment by Peter HJ on May 29, 2014 at 23:45

Hey folks - check out our new global unionism database @ http://unionwiki.net.  Lots of work to do - contact New Unionism (unionwiki@newunionism.net) if you would like to be involved getting this project off the ground.

Comment by Tarkvaageesh on May 6, 2014 at 11:48

http://www.mazdoorbigul.net/archives/5227

http://www.mazdoorbigul.net/archives/5221

May 5. Ghaziabad. Goons of owner and management of Sriram Piston attacked the activists of Gurgaon Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti and Bigul Mazdoor Dasta who were distributing pamphlets at the Ghaziabad plant of Sriram Piston in support of the struggling workers of Bhiwadi plant of Sriram Piston. The deadly attack by these goons took place around 5 PM and resulted in serious injuries to four worker activists Tapish Maindola, Anand, Akhil and Ajay.

 

The team of worker activists had gone to the Sriram Piston in Ghaziabad to appeal the workers to lend their support and solidarity to their struggling worker brethern at the Sriram Piston in Bhiwadi, which is in Rajasthan. Ajay of Gurgaon Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti told that they had been distributing pamphlets at a point 500 meter away from the factory gate at Meerut Road, Ghaziabad. Suddenly, two cars stopped nearby and around 8 goons came out of it and without any warning attacked them with iron rods, sticks, belts, etc. Consequently, the worker activists were forcibly taken by the goons inside the factory and called the Ghaziabad Police. And then in the presence of Police personnel the goons continued to beat the activists with rods, sticks for hours. Due to this barbaric attack Tapish sustained fracture in one leg, Anand sustained serious head injury as well as a fracture in the leg, whereas, Akhil also sustained serious leg injuries. Afterwards, the Police, instead of arresting the attackers, took the activists in custody and took them to Police station. Instead of filing FIR against the attacking goons of Sriram Piston management, the Police tried to file a FIR against the worker activists themselves. However, by then a few other worker activists had reached the Police station and due to pressure from various democratic and human right activists, journalists, etc, the Police could not file such an FIR against the activists. However, the injured activists of Gurgaon Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti and Bigul Mazdoor Dasta, who were suffering from horrible pain due to fracture and head injury were not given any medical attention all this while and were left completely unattended.

Comment by palikhe Rajesh on April 26, 2014 at 16:53

union run by union is already established in Nepal as for example most of the union in our country run by direct control of the confederation of the union.so most of the union control by it some of the union out of track . which can be put into trac if the goverment  make some rules and regulation to follow up it.

Comment by Bandula Idamegama on April 19, 2014 at 9:25

Walmart has yet to signed up to the Accord initiated by IndustriALL in response to the now famous Rana Plaza industrial accident in Bangladesh. It has also run into problems in India.  

Comment by John Firak on January 15, 2013 at 19:15

Hey New unionism folks, I'm a member of SEIU 73, I'm a photographer and doc filmmaker. I'm in the planning stage for a 60 minute doc on trade unions. I'm using "social movement unionism" as part of my film thesis. I'm looking for content to shoot, rallies, personal stories, etc. If you can help that would be awesome! New unionism fits right into my idea. I live in Chicago. If anyone knows of someone working for Walmart, the Home Depot, or any other company that used "flexible" scheduling and subpar pay , I'd like them to tell me their story on camera. 

Comment by Godfrey Moase on November 25, 2012 at 1:57

My latest blog post on direct unionism and the #walmartstrike

Comment by Miquel Loriz Toro on November 6, 2012 at 11:59

As you probably know, next 14th of November is a special day for trade union movement in Europe. Several countries are organizing an action and solidarity day, from demonstrations to general strikes, supported by ETUC CES. For that reason in Spain we set up a Twitter account @europeanstrike (there's also a hashtag #EuropeanStrike) in order to gather all solidarity actions across Europe. So I invite you to mention the account and to use and follow the hashtag. And, if you feel like, to share this issue with your colleagues in your union.

Thank you very much
Comment by Godfrey Moase on July 22, 2012 at 2:08

My latest blog post continuing the direct unionism series. http://wp.me/pb4Hp-8U

Comment by Godfrey Moase on July 8, 2012 at 0:21

Hi guys,

I'm writing a multi-blog post on building an indestructible union - the first post is here - http://wp.me/pb4Hp-7m any feedback you have is well appreciated. 

Cheers,

Godfrey

 

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