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Although I have above suggested some scepticism about whether this is, in fact, the first-ever such meeting (mineworker internationals must go back to the 19th century), it will be interesting to see what kind of appeal this meeting, promoted by the Communist WFTU, will have. I await with interest the promised charter. And I would love to see an independent report of the event itself. Anyone have an idea about how we could get such a report?
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Organize!: Building from the Local for Global Justice
Added by peter waterman on May 24, 2012 at 18:11 — No Comments
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For those unfamiliar with the troubles confronting the Cosatu - and even for those minimally informed, such as me - it might be best to read the last few paragraphs. These draw attention to the real issue behind what the failure of Cosatu to organise the unemployed and informalised. It is this, that underlies what Gentle considers to be a clash of hidden agendas.
Now read on...
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Evidence that the trade union campaign in favour of BDS - i.e. in support of the workers and people of Palestine, the Arab minority in Israel, and the anti-militarist, anti-racist, anti-occupation activists in Israel is provided in the Google translation below.
For your information, the ABVA-KABO is the major union of public sector workers in the Netherlands, a country that historically, for decades after World War 2, was pro-Israel and the unions of which were/are…Continue
Added by peter waterman on May 23, 2012 at 17:14 — No Comments
Less than a year ago, the whole Arab Region, from Tunisia in the West to Yemen in the South East, was the arena of a gigantic and extraordinary popular uprising for freedom and democracy. The decades-old dictatorships of Hosni Mubarak and Zine el Abidine…Continue
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I am presuming this piece is by Eric since it is his subject and style. It is unsigned, presumably to conceal the extent to which this is an organ not of a campaign or movement but of Eric himself.
[Correction: I read, copied and pasted this item from the front page of the site. Eric has pointed out that on the 'articles' page, his signature does appear. My unconditional apologies for this unintentional error. If Eric prefers I remove the above paragraph, I…Continue
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Robert Pollin is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He is the founding codirector of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI). His research centers on macroeconomics, conditions for low-wage workers in the US and globally, the analysis of financial markets, and…
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THE SPIRIT OF PHILADELPHIA: SOCIAL JUSTICE VS. THE TOTAL MARKET
By ALAIN SUPIOT
Published: 7th June 2012
Alain Supiot will be speaking at the LSE on Thursday 17th
May on his new book, hosted by THE BRITISH JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL
Thursday 17th May, 5pm
Connaught Building, room CON.1.04, LSE
Connaught House, Houghton Street
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This is a rapid response and may be qualified later.
Cosatu may be the only national union centre to hold such regular conference on international policy. This could itself be positive if other inter/national unions or labour movements were to respond. Further, I note that in all its practical policies and strategies, Cosatu seems to endorse the Global Neo-Keynesian economic policies of the Eurocentred ITUC and the…Continue
Added by peter waterman on May 16, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments
Once again, a non-union network makes a more-profound analysis and proposes more-radical action than the unions. Will the ITUC, ETUC and all the other national TUCs respond?
Now read on...
We are experiencing the deepest crisis of capitalism since the great depression of the 1930s – and the European governments…Continue
Added by peter waterman on May 15, 2012 at 7:54 — No Comments
What is significant about this piece is the caption to the photo, in which Eric Lee (who increasingly is the only voice on this Zionist Labour site), suggests that being an Israeli is an ethnicity rather than a nationality (what I would call a state-defined nationality). For example, I have Jewish ethnicity, but I am not an Israeli national. On the other hand, there are Christians, Muslims and possibly other Arabs who are Israeli nationals without, evidently, being…Continue
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Rarely do the doings of the International Labour Organisation reach the newspapers anywhere (except, possibly, in Geneva). So this Op-Ed is welcome, especially for its critical notes. I cannot, however, share the author's (cautious) enthusiasm for Kwame Jomo Sundaram, despite his bearing the names of two historical leaders of African nationalist movements, Kwame Nkrumah and Jomo Kenyata. And K.S. Jomo's militant thirdworldism.
After all the…
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Haven't really read this one, but my eye was caught by the notion that 'union bureaucrats' were part-controllers of the WSF. This is nonsense, since the only union consistently present in the WSF's International Council was the Brazilian CUT, whereas representatives of the South African Cosatu, Italian CGIL, South Korean KCTU, had only a marginal or occasional presence.
OK. I nonetheless thought it could be thrown into the ongoing debate, discussion or dialogue…Continue
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