Peter sez:I'm just posting this here so I can provide folks not on this site access to my work by a simple click. This saves me having to seek it out, copy and paste to such. I know it's 2-3 years out of date and therefore hope to update it. Hopefully it will be of interest to other UnionBookers.Now read on...File: Peter CV 2003-2009 Updated: 141010 Dr Peter WatermanPhD, Non-Western Sociology,…See More
Peter sez:I find this a ritual, rhetorical and typically empty declaration, and am struck by the wandering eyes of the General Secretary, who hardly seems to be addressing the viewer. But maybe one should be more impressed that this Communist trade union international has discovered UTube? I'd be happy to hear other reactions.Now read and click on...Fwd: May Day Message of the WFTU General SecretaryInboxxWFTU International7:40 AM (3 hours ago)to undisclosed recipients-------- Αρχικό μήνυμα…See More
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The widely-recognised crisis of the traditional labour movement requires re-invention to meet the challenges and possibilities of a globalised, informatised and life destroying capitalism. Let's discuss new cases, strategies, ideologies, theories.
Thank you. Well, I had to look both of those words up haha! I'm still new at this stuff, but yeah, I'm hoping to form my union and make it nation wide. Sort of like the union I'm in the AFM, have contracts for different jobs and ensure all disabled workers have a voice and collective bargaining.
Hi there. Well I am a professional bagpiper and I am studying to become a union organizer to form the American Federation of Disabled Workers because I am totally visually impaired and want to end abusive low wage sheltered workshops. Very nice to meet you union brother. If you'd like you can check out my website at www.highlandbagpiper.net
I'm primarily a trade unionist trying to get the hang of UnionBook in an attempt to support it before it sinks without a trace. I've requested, fairly arbitrarily I have to admit, some friends today because I'm trying to promote Unionbook to a group of women I was on a TUC course with last week. I hope you don't mind!
I work in the publications team of a teachers' trade union and I'm interested in journalism and public sector issues. Of course, I am much more than just my job. ;-)
Birmingham Uni is in Edgbaston, but very close to Harborne - both nicer parts of Brum.
Well, Gothenburg may not be a million km from me, but it is also not just around the corner! I would be very interested in meeting you some time, perhaps at some event or seminar we could both attend, so I would be grateful if you could keep me posted should such an opportunity arise.
Thanks for linking up. I read: Prague 1968: The last, Late Short Spring of the World Federation of Trade Unions at the GLI website some time ago and was enlightened and entertained at the same time! I was reminded of the piece when I saw Peter Hall-Jones’ also excellent recent article on New Unionism – and then I saw your WFTU history on Unionbook. If you are in the process of writing an autobiography it is certainly a book I would like to read some time.
I should mention that I actually set foot at the WFTU office as a youngster in the early 80es. I was in Prague on a study trip and was interested in international labour organizations, so I simply looked WFTU up in the telephone directory and turned up at the reception and asked if someone could talk to me. I was duly received by one Valeri I. Kravtsov who was very friendly and talked to me for about an hour (probably wondering what the hell I was doing there). I still have his business card – this was the first time I was given one of those and it made me feel quite important.
My recent inspiration to research the WFTU was an article by Quim Boix translated into Danish and published in a Danish CP-newspaper I picked up. The sycophantic tone and apologetic approach saddened and disturbed me. Also last summer I was attending the ILO International Labour Conference and came across WFTU affiliates there. I must say that all the insights your articles have provided have strengthened the gut feelings I have felt when coming across the WFTU and its people.
I just realized that becuase I left the following as a comment on my blog it might be hard for you to find it:
Dear Mr. Waterman,
Thank you for the comment. In general, I agree. On revolution, emancipation, self-determination. In fact, while in the U.S. I was more prone to use the terms self-determination and emancipation (cultural context). Here (Korea), 'self-determination' is associated with a particular section of the movement and a particular understanding of reunification and north Korea, which is why I avoid it in this context. I used the word 'revolution' because that is what they are saying in Egypt, but I should have worked harder to suggest that I meant it as a process. I definitely didn't mean to reference historical revolutions in Russia, China, etc.
I also agree with you that even the transition to a neoliberal democracy might open up spaces for popular expression. I had actually meant to get to this point (as well as others), but ran out of time. On international solidarity- yes, good point. I had not meant to suggest a North dominated form-- remember I was mostly speaking to a Korean audience. I think I had a line about international unions- I had sort of thought my editors here were going to edit it out, or that we would have at least had a conversation about it. Again, no time. I am hoping to get a chance to revise the piece before it is published in our journal. I will definitely keep your comments in mind when I do.