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Social Network Unionism


Social Network Unionism

Building a bottom-up transnational unionism that will hack the capitalist mode of production and lead the way towards mature and advanced, joyful, positive, creative alternative world civilizations.  

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An open invitation for inventing a 'common' and grassroots social movement union for the 21st Century

Hundreds of millions not if billions of workers in the world are out of reach for the established trade union mechanisms and structures, so they are not protected at all. Peter Waterman calls them 'Labour's others', for some others they are the new working class; the precariat composed of people who holds no property and even secure job.

What kind of trade union structure will go beyond the ongoing problems and the crisis of unionism, which was born out of well known problems and will become the change maker of our time. Can Unionbook ensemble a model for such future union organisation through the net?

There are already many good examples of action and organising taking place via the net and incredible results are getting reached , as it happened in 2007 when financial support has been mobilized from the wealthier segments of the Western working classes for the Ford worker's first ever strike organised in Russia since the beginning of the 20th Century.

For already some times social networks are gaining ground as an important and dynamic forms of communication and collective action tools. Many activists are  involved today in one or another social network on the net, or on the real world. Is time came to transform  this tool into a new generation social movement union.

There is a  need to start discussion can this happen, can it work, and how? How would we build and gain legal ground for such a union, is it possible, or necessary? How would such union look like, be governed and function against the offensive coming from the employer and the state?

'Social Network Unionism' working group has recently been created with the aim of promoting such discussion and providing a space for comprehensive work in order to experiment with Social Network Union idea by utilizing the opportunity created by LabourStart team and Eric Lee, by creating the unique space of Unionbook and bringing hundreds of unionist together on the net.

I want to suggest that this is actually the discussion towards the New Unionism for the 21st century. With this call I would like to invite all who involved one way or other in labour and trade union movements to join and contribute this working group.


The initial discussion and exchange below on the Comment Wall has been a clustering around the SNU idea, its definition, possible implications, usage etc. To provide clarity and focus for the overall dlscussion I have suggested to split the discussion into two piece.

Below forum now can focus on what is SNU about, its definition, it's feasibility, cotribution, usefullness, limits, how can we promote the concept within existing unions? and so on.

For such discussion, Peter HJ's New Unionism, SIGTUR's TNCs, and PSI's own experiements here in UnionBook provide live examples of developing SNU.

For the second line of discussion a group has been created. Focus of that discussion has been suggested as actually how to create one global grassroots social network union, in order to complete the first discussion by both pressurring on existing unions to change -without contending them-and challneging capital and state elite to stop attacing on life, peace and justice immediately -by bringing all progreesive and revolutionary social forces into one counter hegemonic bloc.        


Discussion Forum

experiences with Facebook and alternatives 7 Replies

Started by Kirsten Forkert. Last reply by Joseph Skues Jan 25, 2013.

June 30 strike site blocked by Facebook 4 Replies

Started by Kirsten Forkert. Last reply by Orsan Senalp Jun 21, 2011.

Saving UnionBook by transforming it into a Social Network Union 3 Replies

Started by Orsan Senalp. Last reply by Philip Lillies Aug 4, 2011.

Unions and Real Democracy, Yes, Now, but How? 2 Replies

Started by Orsan Senalp. Last reply by Orsan Senalp Aug 3, 2011.

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Comment by Joe Balkis on January 15, 2013 at 2:46

All people who love the world and cherish a true hero of protecting our freedom against a horribly oppressive government. The loss of Aaron Swartz is so sad for all of us. It would be lovely to show support for his family and friends. Clare Tobin Aaron Swartz Obituary Guest Book "How sad :( We were indeed honored to have him this long...." - Edward Ramsey View Sign More Photos View all 2 photos Aaron Swartz. Beloved son of Robert and Susan Swartz. Loving brother of Noah and Benjamin. Service Tuesday 10:00AM at Central Avenue Synagogue, 874 Central Ave., Highland Park. Interment Shalom. Arrangements by: Chicago Jewish Funerals-Skokie, 847.229.8822, www.cjfinfo.com. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The inspiring heroism of Aaron Swartz Greenwald details another example unjust prosecutorial retaliation in the campaign to suppress opposition to the exploitative system. --Neal Glen n Greenwald guardian.co.uk, Saturday 12 January 2013 16.25 EST http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/12/aaron-swartz-he... The inspiring heroism of Aaron Swartz The internet freedom activist committed suicide on Friday at age 26, but his life was driven by courage and passion updated

Comment by Orsan Senalp on November 26, 2012 at 9:47

#WalmartStrikers Prove the 99% Can Fight Back | OccupyWallSt.org


According to the Organization United for Respect at Walmart, 1,000 protests occurred at Walmart stores across 46 states, with hundreds of workers walking off the job in an unprecedented decentralized, open-source strike at the retail giant. Local Occupy groups supported actions in dozens of cities. OWS joined with 99 Pickets, ALIGN, the Retail Action Project, and others to show solidarity to Walmart workers in Secaucus, New Jersey. Despite attempts by Walmart’s propaganda department to downplay the events, the latest massive wave of strikes and solidarity actions at Walmart forced even the corporate media to pay attention, and put the 1% on notice: When we work together, another world is possible. We do not have to accept poverty, low wages, or unfair working conditions with no benefits while six members of the Walton family are worth more than the bottom 42% of American families combined.

Comment by Orsan Senalp on November 26, 2012 at 9:45
Comment by Orsan Senalp on November 26, 2012 at 9:45

Artists Vs. Walmart

See on Scoop.it – Mapping Social Network Unionism Worldwide


Here you will find art images and graphics that call out everything wrong with WalMart, America’s wealthiest and greediest corporation.

WalMart associates are organizing for better working conditions, and we as an artist community support them.

Join us in using your visual skills to support a national movement against exploitation. Learn more about what artists are doing.

For more info about the campaign, click here


See on artistsvswalmart.tumblr.com

Comment by Orsan Senalp on November 26, 2012 at 9:45

#Walmartstrike and the union resurgence | Godfrey’s Blog of Claims

The #Walmartstrike on Black Friday was an historic moment for the global labour movement. It represents the public coming out of the synthesis of occupy direct action tactics and sustainable union structures to produce a direct unionism that has the capacity to overturn corporate hegemony.

Corporate USA, especially in the retail sector, had an extremely effective strategy for ensuring their underpaid staff don’t come together in a representative union structure. This anti-union induction video for Walmart competitor, Target, is a striking example of the strategy:

The video leaves a new Target worker with a number of messages:

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Comment by Orsan Senalp on November 26, 2012 at 9:44

Interface volume 4 issue 2. For the global emancipation of labour.

Interface 4 - 2 cover: striking miners in South Africa

For the global emancipation of labour:
new movements and struggles around work, workers and precarity


Volume 4 issue 2, single file 
PDF (6.1 MB)

ISSN 2009-2431


For the global emancipation of labour: new movements and struggles around work, workers and precarity. Peter Waterman, Alice Mattoni, Elizabeth Humphrys, Laurence Cox and Ana Margarida Esteves (pp. 1 – 14)

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

My latest blog post on direct unionism and the #walmartstrike

Comment by Orsan Senalp on November 12, 2012 at 11:47

A European General Assembly

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Agora 99 General Assembly, photo via @dar1o

November 4,

Dear people,

Agora 99 has been concluded with a vibrant General Assembly in the Eko Social Centre of Madrid. Initially the meeting should have taken place on Puerta del Sol, but because of the rain we retreated to the giant hall next to the centre’s popular library, one of the spaces where workshops were held over the weekend.

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Comment by Orsan Senalp on November 12, 2012 at 11:47

Report from Madrid and Agora99: Dreams Becoming Reality


Posted on November 8, 2012 by rhithinkyourfuture

Madrid is a city full of activity and inspiration; from protests to strikes, social centres to urban gardens, the creation of cooperatives to the occupation of houses, banks and hospitals, here things are constantly moving forward and something new happens every day. It is also a city where I strongly felt the clashing of two different worlds, of hyper capitalism next to poverty, of pockets of awareness and change in the midst of the mindless machine of the modern city. Continue reading 

Comment by Orsan Senalp on November 12, 2012 at 11:47

#OccupyFirenze99 Assembly in piazza del Carmen h 18,00 Saturday 10t...


After the experiences of Puerta del Sol, the various acampadas born all around the world, including the italian squares of Florence, Rome and Bologna, the international movement Occupy/15M will mee…

See on occupyfirenze99.wordpress.com


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