[WSF-Discuss] New Forms of Worker Organisation: The Syndicalist and Autonomist Restoration of Class

peter waterman peterwaterman1936 at gmail.com
Thu May 22 08:55:26 CDT 2014


New Forms of Worker Organization
The Syndicalist and Autonomist Restoration of Class
Struggle Unionism

Edited by Immanuel Ness
Foreword by Staughton Lynd


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PAGE COUNT
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PUBLICATION DATE
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Bureaucratic labor unions are under assault throughout the world. Most
unions
have surrendered the achievements of the mid-twentieth century, when the
working
class was a militant force for change throughout the world. The decline of
labor unions has exposed workers throughout the world to capitalist
absolutism,
where trade unions are unable to defend workers’ interests.
As unions implode and weaken, workers are independently forming their own
unions, rooted in the tradition of syndicalism and autonomism—and unions
rooted in the tradition of self-directed action are auguring a new period
of class
struggle throughout the world. In Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe,
workers
are rejecting leaders and forming authentic class-struggle unions rooted in
sabotage, direct action, and striking to achieve concrete gains.
This is the first book to compile workers struggles on a global basis,
examining
the formation and expansion of radical unions in the Global South and Global
North. The tangible evidence marshaled in this book serves as a handbook
for understanding
the formidable obstacles and concrete opportunities for workers challenging
neoliberal capitalism, even as the unions of the old decline and disappear.
Contributors include Au Loong-Yu, Bai Ruixue, Arup K. Sen, Shawn Hattingh,
Piotr Bizyukov and Irina Olimpieva, Genese M. Sodikoff, Aviva Chomsky, Dario
Bursztyn, Gabriel Kuhn, Erik Forman, Steven Manicastri, and Jack
Kirkpatrick.
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Immanuel Ness is a political economist who specializes in labor unions and
professor of Political Science at City University of New York. He is editor
of
WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society and author of numerous works
including Guest Workers and Resistance to U.S. Corporate Despotism. He was a
worker and union organizer in the food, maintenance, and publishing
industries.
ABOUT STAUGHTON LYND
Staughton Lynd taught American history at Spelman College and Yale
University.
He was director of Freedom Schools in the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer.
An
early leader of the movement against the Vietnam War, he was blacklisted and
unable to continue as an academic. He then became a lawyer, and in this
capacity
has assisted rank-and-file workers and prisoners for the past thirty years.
He
has written, edited, or coedited with his wife Alice Lynd more than a dozen
books.
ACCOLADES
“As the U.S. labor movement conducts its latest, frantic search for ‘new
ideas,’
there is no better source of radical thinking on improved modes of union
functioning than the diverse contributors to this timely collection. New
Forms
of Worker Organization vividly describes what workers in Africa, Asia, South
America, and Europe have done to make their unions more effective. Let’s
hope that these compelling case studies of rank-and-file struggle and bottom
up change lead to more of the same where it’s needed the most, among those
of us ‘born in the USA!’”
—Steve Early, former organizer for the Communications Workers of America
and author of Save Our Union: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress
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