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UK: Bullshit Jobs in Lean Times: And a Left Split over Meaningless Capitalist Work

Peter sez:

This comes from the UK left journal, Soundings. It revives a historical left debate about 'work for capital' that goes back to the brilliant heterdox essay by Paul Lafargue (son in law of Marx?), 'The Right to be Lazy'. It poses a hypothetical challenges to the ILO/ITUC/ETC (etcetera) campaign for 'Decent Work', which should now be seen as 'Decent Useless Work'. But it poses a more general challenge to the union movement, which…

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Added by peter waterman on August 27, 2014 at 14:30 — No Comments

South Africa: Everything You Need to Know About the Demise of COSATU and the Rise of a New Unionism - Part 1

Peter sez:

An excellent analysis of a South African process, reproduced in the West (historically) and in much of the Rest (more recently and rapidly). I can't wait for what is likely to be the more problematic Part 2!

Now click on...

South Africa and the Changing Politics of Labour

Part 1: The Demise of COSATU

Leonard Gentle…

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Added by peter waterman on August 27, 2014 at 6:49 — No Comments

USA/Canada: The Blocking of the Israeli Ship: The Struggle Continues

 
 
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Added by peter waterman on August 26, 2014 at 8:12 — No Comments

USA: Major 'Radical' Dock/Stevedoring Union Signs Self-Defeating Give-Back

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The Latest Defeat: The ILWU leadership has accepted a deal that will…

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Added by peter waterman on August 25, 2014 at 19:49 — No Comments

China: The Urban/Rural Division of Labour and the Reinforcing Education System



Outside the New China



The exploitative relationship between city and countryside pervades Chinese life. Nowhere is inequality in access to public goods clearer than in the…

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Added by peter waterman on August 25, 2014 at 16:51 — No Comments

USA: Blocking Israeli Shipping Line: This is what Labour Internationalism Looks Like!

[fpm.news] News from Tacoma and Los Angeles / a Handbook for Blocking Ships

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Added by peter waterman on August 24, 2014 at 19:43 — No Comments

USA: The End of Liberal Zionism (Poses a Question for Labour Zionists)

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In so far as this prominent UK Liberal Zionist (and citizen of Israel) here declares both Liberal Zionism and the two-state solution dead, and in so far as he shows respect for the radical Israeli? Zionist? Jewish? left, I would have thought this piece poses a challenge to such a prominent Labour Zionist as Eric Lee (creator of both this site and of LabourStart. This blog site would seem a suitable one for him to respond to such a…

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Added by peter waterman on August 24, 2014 at 19:00 — No Comments

GLOBALIZATION, INTERNATIONAL LABOUR MIGRATION AND RIGHTS OF MIGRANT WORKERS

 

 GLOBALIZATION, INTERNATIONAL LABOUR MIGRATION AND RIGHTS OF MIGRANT WORKERS

 Migration of human beings across borders and nations results in cultural diversity and interaction between cultures. A source of major tension in the present world is the lack of understanding or appreciation of the value of this cultural diversity or lack of respect for different cultures and beliefs that migrants bring into host…

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Added by Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian on August 24, 2014 at 10:56 — No Comments

US and Internationally: Call to Investigate War Crimes of Israel and US in Gaza

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An important initiative despite one of the signators being the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, a member of which is a North Korean state front organisation!

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Added by peter waterman on August 24, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

USA: Taking Back Labour Day, September 1

Gmail Peter Waterman <peterwaterman1936@gmail.com>

Looking back at Labor Day's turbulent origins

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Added by peter waterman on August 24, 2014 at 8:47 — No Comments

"Block the Boat" in Oakland, August 16, 2014

My formal story on the "Block the Boat" mobilization in Oakland (with pictures) has now been published at http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=5161&section=Article.

Added by Kim Scipes on August 23, 2014 at 17:51 — No Comments

Immanuel Wallerstein: Hamas is Gaining the Edge over Israel

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Wallerstein, a US citizen, is associated in my mind with the New Left of the 1960s. He is, in any case, the founder of an influential academic school, World System Theory. More recently he has been a presence in the major event of the newest left, the World Social Forum. According to my recollection, which may be faulty, Wallerstein is of Belgian Jewish origin. Like Boa Santos (author of a recent posting here), Wallerstein is long identified with…

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Added by peter waterman on August 23, 2014 at 17:43 — No Comments

South Africa: Blocking Israeli Zim Lines: The Oakland-Durban Nexus

[Debate-List] (Fwd) Oakland to Durban: follow us, blocking Israel's Zim Lines shipping

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Added by peter waterman on August 23, 2014 at 12:18 — No Comments

Portuguese Libertarian Leftist Thinker and Internationalist Activist: 'I Accuse Israel'

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Boa Santos is well known to me as a leading Portuguese academic/activist of the newest Left internationally, who also has shown interest in labour and internationalism. His proposal to abolish Israel as a Jewish state goes further than - or possibly spells out - the one-state solution implied by the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign. The strategy he proposes adds to the present armoury of the Palestine solidarity and BDS campaigns,…

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Added by peter waterman on August 23, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

(Earlier) Video from Oakland, CA about protest blocking Israeli ship, 2010

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I just found a video of the 2010 action in Oakland, which was the first time an Israeli ship was boycotted for 24 hours in Oakland.  Besides being interesting in and of itself, this also features material from the 1984 ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) boycott of the Nedloyd Kimberly, a Dutch ship carrying cargo to South Africa.  (I helped build community support for the ILWU boycott, which lasted for 11 days, before a Federal Court lowered the hammer,…

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Added by Kim Scipes on August 23, 2014 at 3:40 — No Comments

Video from Oakland, CA about protest blocking Israeli ship, Aug 16, 17 & 18, 2014

Activists in Oakland--looks like I was a little high with a 5,000-10,000 estimate for Saturday, but now seems like 3,000-5,000--mobilized to block an Israeli ship on Saturday, August 16, and I was present.  March was quite spirited, and had large international consciousness:  tying Gaza with South Africa, Haiti, the Philippines, and Ferguson, Missouri, USA.  What was especially exciting was the participation of many young people--this wasn't your "gray hairs" of the Vietnam generation,…

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Added by Kim Scipes on August 23, 2014 at 1:56 — No Comments

(PLF) Demanded to reinstate the sacks union leader of LOT POland

(PLF) Demanded to reinstate the sacks union leader of LOT POland

Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian Founder/Secretary General ,Mrs. Atia Saleem Chairperson,Mr Asaf F Vardag President and Mrs. Shumalia Sadiq Secretary Women wing Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF) demanded the Government of Poland to reinstate the President of LOT Polish Airlines and the vice-president of the ITF and ETF affiliated cabin crew union ZZPP, Andrzej Jeżewski. They Said that This dismissal is not only…

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Added by Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian on August 22, 2014 at 14:09 — No Comments

UK: Marxist Groupuscule Attacks Israel but Opposes the Left's Growing BDS Campaign

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Added by peter waterman on August 21, 2014 at 20:13 — No Comments

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