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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.        


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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

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Comment by Orsan Senalp on February 24, 2012 at 21:46

Anonymous power by Felix Stalder | via Viewpoint

Recent targets of the highly effective “Anonymous” cyberattacks, made in the name of freedom of speech and social justice, include the Belgian website of steel giant ArcelorMittal, hacked in January in protest against the closure of two blast furnaces; the website of the US private intelligence firm Stratfor, from which a large amount of personal data was stolen; the website of the Syrian ministry of defence; and that of the Spanish police after the arrest in Spain of three alleged members of Anonymous.

Who hides behind the Anonymous mask? Elite hackers, ignorant adolescents, dangerous cyberterrorists or simply trolls (1) with a childish sense of humour? All these definitions miss the mark, because Anonymous is multifaceted: it is not a group or network but a collective, or more accurately, several collectives that support each other.

In an extreme way, Anonymous symbolises the protest movements throughout the Arab world, Europe and the US since 2011. The gulf that separates them from the political systems they oppose can be seen in their radically different ways of organising. The political systems have a hierarchical structure, with leaders empowered to speak on behalf of all through the delegation of powers, but their legitimacy has been undermined by corruption and favouritism. The collectives deliberately have no leaders, and reject the principle of representation in favour of individuals directly participating in concrete actions. Their diversity means decisions can be made quickly, by the participants coming together on a specific issue, rather than by getting an official majority. The political establishment cannot understand such forms of organisation or their lack of concrete demands.

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Comment by Orsan Senalp on February 24, 2012 at 21:45

Fighting for our lives: why we need a revolution

By Talita Soares On February 22, 2012

Post image for Fighting for our lives: why we need a revolutionWe need a revolution because this system is not a system for the people; because even those who are on the favored side are not able to find true fulfillment.


By Talita Soares

We need a revolution.

Not only because we don’t have enough jobs, not only because the public health system is no longer functional. Not only because our politicians are corrupt or because our teachers are not getting paid.

We need a revolution because every single day, every single hour, maybe, a perharps higly-paid, higly-respected office worker blows his brains out with a pistol gun. We need a revolution because of all the rich spoiled teenagers who are right now looking out of their bedroom windows wondering what the hell is the point of it all.

We need a revolution because this system is not a system where people can live the way they are meant to live; because even those who are on the favored side of it are not able to find true fulfillment — this is not a system created by or for the people, but a system created by the untamed power of money alone.

When money loses its human quality, when it no longer serves the people but rather the other way around, we are no longer living in a human reality, but in a distorted one; one that our souls do not recognise and do not know how to cope with.

We need a revolution in order to bring reality back to a level where love and compassion — forces that are naturally inherent to every human being — can regain their original power. In the times we live in, every time a human being speaks from the heart, he or she is making a political statement.

In an interview about the time he spent at the acampada on Plaza Catalunya in Spain, Eduardo Galeano said that the revolutionary quality of the youth riots in Europe came from the enthusiasm they were able to make emerge. Enthusiasm — there is something that mega-corporations will never have any control over.

To hold this enthusiasm through concrete debating and building of new societal structures is what can ultimately be defined as a revolution. When we protest, may it not be the voice of frustration and anger to make our throats vibrate, but the voice of sharp awareness of the pain of the world and the steps we need to take towards its healing — we need to be lucid in our passion, and passionate in our lucidity.

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Comment by Orsan Senalp on February 9, 2012 at 21:03


Building, developing and managing union networks within multinationals enterprises are not a simple task. However, the experience accumulated since 2001 by the project CUT-FNV “Action on  Multinationals”, well known as CUTMulti, can be a valuable tool in this process. And it was from the need to gather and disseminate all this knowledge that emerged the idea to produce a “Guide to the construction of union networks within multinational companies”


Comment by Orsan Senalp on January 22, 2012 at 22:47

FOSSApps: Free and Open Software Applications that are safe and use...

Free and open source online social networking softwares:

N-1: N-1 is an online social network software. It has been developed by Indignados from Spain and elsewhere collectively. N-1 combines many of the below tools in it. The name n-1 is related to the principle of equipotentiality that attribute potentially equal participation for all the nodes involve.

Other important free and open source online networks are DiasporaRise UpDrupal.

Big Blue Button is an open source online software  built originally for higher and long distance education purpose. Yet it is a very usefull tool for unionists and …..

Mumble is a free telecommunication software that is used by Occupy movement, Spanish Indignados/15M activists. You can create voice-chat rooms for your scheduled work groups, meetings and conference calls.

Webchat Free Node is a secure instant chat rooms for activists who are sharing and working on collective projects and actions. Create your chat rooms and invite your comrades.

Online collective document creation:

Titan Pad / RiseUp Pad / Priate Pad

Turtle is a free and open source anonymous peer-to-peer network project facilitating free speech and sharing information by combining encryption with peer-to-peer (P2P) technology. Like no other anonymous P2P software, it allows users to share files and otherwise communicate without fear of legal sanctions or censorship.

WordPress is an open source website, blog creation software.

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Comment by Orsan Senalp on January 3, 2012 at 21:48

Under Assemblies what might national, European and global governanc...

This article was sent us by Mark N. Barrett, a long-time democracy campaigner, and supporter of Occupy London.

Asking this question raises profound questions about sovereignty, representation and justice. In an age characterised by the sovereignty of the nation-state, since the Treaty of Westphalia, globalisation has brought about the rise of the new, unaccountable king, in the form of global bond markets and other undemocratic world institutions. By contrast the Occupy/15M movement recognises the need to reformulate political economy at local, national and global levels, and to put it under people’s control.

The first principle of the global movement is therefore the sovereignty of each people’s assembly, within certain constitutional parameters. These parameters can be loosely defined with common slogans like “think global, act local”, “inclusivity, equality, everyone’s voice counts” , “they don’t represent us, and I do not represent anyone but myself”. In short, the assembly is a new political form to bring about a people powered globalisation and democratise all spheres of life.

Talking about global governance is a huge and complex issue, but with the above first principle in place it is possible to sketch out how the process of change, driven by the assemblies, might look in practice. First, because we recognise the nation state itself is problematic, and second because of our general belief in participatory democracy and local, decentralised community sovereignty (in Spain the assemblies decentralised down to the neighbourhood level quite rapidly and ) it is quite likely that the assemblies movement will aim to transform the domestic state / constitution.

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Comment by Orsan Senalp on December 29, 2011 at 23:38

#15M 2012 Transition day alternatives / Alternative al 15M 2012 gio...

We are a group of people created starting from the 15-M movement, from many different

places, which has joined initiatives in order to connect rural alternatives all over the country and this way contribute to build bridges between rural and urban environments, and cooperate to build together a more balanced relationship.

“Rurales enREDadxs” are people, cooperatives, initiatives, asociations, networks, workgroups, discussion groups…ready to know each other and to share and build together a live rural world.

From December 8th to 12th we celebrated the first meeting of  “Rurales enREDadxs” at Piedralaves (Ávila), where all prospects were exceeded, being the participants more than 600 people, having more than 50 workshops, and a lot of positive energy and good vibrations.

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Comment by Orsan Senalp on December 29, 2011 at 23:37

2012 international road to dignity

Road subject to changes.

Camino sujeto a cambios.

Comment by Joe Balkis on December 26, 2011 at 14:22

Sotheby's wrapper

Luis Baucage and SonLuis Baucage’s five-month old son is too young to understand Christmas or Santa, but it doesn’t make it any easier for Baucage to know that he cannot shower his family with gifts this coming Christmas.
Baucage is one of the 42 art handlers Sotheby’s kicked out in the streets when the auction house locked them out in late July. 
December will mark five months without a paycheck for Baucage and his fellow art handlers. To make matters worse, their health insurance will expire at the start of the New Year.
Working Americans everywhere deserve health care and job security, but companies like Sotheby’s want to milk the middle class for cheap labor. With a flood of signatures, we’ll put pressure on Sotheby’s to do the right thing and end the lockout before these art handlers lose their health care.
On July 29, Sotheby’s locked out its art handlers, and demanded to reduce their hours, cut their overtime and replace union positions with temporary ones. The proposal came in the midst of the company’s most profitable quarter in its 267-year history. 
Sotheby’s continues to break sales records and has even given its CEO, William Ruprecht a $3 million raise, when the total cost of the art handlers’ proposed contract is $3.3 million.
Please add your name to the petition asking Sotheby’s to end the lock-out before January 1 so Baucage and his fellow art handlers can get back to work and provide a good living and health care for their families. 
Jason Ide
President, Teamsters Local 814

Comment by Orsan Senalp on December 9, 2011 at 17:07

Forthcoming: The Alternative to Capitalism is Peer Production based...

The Peer to Peer (P2P) production is an emerging mode of production which has also been called cyber communism or social production. This forthcoming article by Rigi, argues that this mode of production coincides, in its main features, with Marx’s description of advanced communism.

In the P2P production, producers produce collectively goods through voluntary participation in a de-centered network-based socially associated production system. The volunteers choose the tasks they perform; the amount of time they send on collective production; the place and time of their productive activity. In terms of distribution, every one in the world can use the products for free according to her own needs, regardless of her contribution to the production. This mode of production emerged first in the realm of digital production of knowledge-information. Now, there is also a growing movement, shaped recently, for P2P production of hardware. The reality of robots, particularly the 3 Dimensional Printers (3DP) will facilitate the dramatic expansion of the P2P production to material goods. Of paramount significance is the fact that this new mode of production is also a social movement (see below the section on class struggle). This article analysis the new mode of production and speculates on the ways in which the generalization of this mode of production to most branches of production may transform personhood, meaning, sociality and experiences of time and space.”

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Comment by Orsan Senalp on December 5, 2011 at 0:14

Occupy Homes lauds a radical new phase for the movement | ROARMAG

By Jérôme E. Roos On December 3, 2011

Post image for Occupy Homes lauds a radical new phase for the movementThe drive to stop foreclosures and squat bank property marks a radical shift from the occupation of public space to the public repossession of private property.


The Occupy movement is ratcheting up the resistance. Inspired by the Spanishindignados, this Tuesday activists all over the United States will be taking the struggle indoors: to the homes of poor families who are under threat of being evicted by large and powerful Wall Street banks. The move from occupying public space to reclaiming private property marks a radical escalation of civil disobedience, striking the capitalist system right at its institutional heart.

On December 6,  during a national day of action, the Occupy movement will mobilize activists in over 25 cities to “protest fraudulent lending practices, corrupt securitization, and illegal evictions by banks,” by physically halting the attempt to evict families from their homes and by “liberating” vacant bank-owned property for those in need. As Occupy Wall St. reported, “the day of Continue reading 


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