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We do the World's Work
We Make the World Run
Without Us, the Rulers Are Nothing


Answer Globalized Capital

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Pay Us Our Wages!

Support Russian Workers'
Campaign Against
The Scandal of Unpaid Wages

Moscow Demonstration
click the graphic to help:


Collapsing Russian Capitalism
Drives Russian Workers Toward
the Second Russian Workers' Revolution!

"All Power to Strike Committees!"

"For long decades we lived as serfs of the feudal CPSU (Communist Party of the Soviet Union--risephoenix). Now, new exploiters . . . have thrown us into the new, bourgeois slavery. It is the gang of communists and democrats who has brought Russia to the brink of catastrophe. It can be prevented only by a revolutionary organized working class. There is no other social force that can do this! This is why we, workers, are taking today all power and responsibility for the fate of our society."

- - The Strike Committee of ZiM - City of Samara, Russia

Striking Russian Workers Meeting


addressing Russian workers

direct from Russia:
Samara Strike Committee
in English and Russian

alternate site with docs in english

background on the
Samara Struggles

Interview with:
Grigory Isayev
Party of Proletarian Dictatorship
city of Samara

News and Support:
Russian Workers
Take Over Towns
Build Organization
Strikes and Struggles
News from All Over Russia

Support from
Yorkshire Miners


Who do we fight?

Here they are:
A Report on
Russia's New Capitalist Oligarchs

Russian Oligarch Berezovsky





Solidarity Demands It!

Workers around the World Demand:
Stop the Genocide Against the Iraqi People!

1000's Protest State Murder
Dec. 19 protest in San Francisco. WW photo: Bill Hackwell



Worldwide Resistance on June 18th 1999




Financial Districts across the world filled not with profit and plunder but with the sounds and rythms of party and pleasure

a world where people have control of their lives and communities


worldwide demonstrations actions protests pickets stunts
shut-downs leafletting blockades games hacktivism carnivals
sit-downs lockdowns free food occupations teach-ins parties & more






Labor Party (US)
1st Constitutional

1,414 delegates resolved to bring dramatic growth and increased activism to the Labor Party.
Full Report from LP Press

Labor Party's
New Action Program



The AFL-CIO Organizing Institute

The Organizing Institute was founded by the AFL-CIO in 1989 to promote and foster union organizing as a vehicle for social and economic justice. One of the first projects of the Institute was to recruit and train a new generation of union organizers. The Institute works in conjunction with unions around the country to overcome the internal and external obstacles to organizing.

How to organize a union where you work
How to become a trained union organizer




Support Locked Out Media Worlkers

Mickey Mouse:
Union Buster

at home and abroad

Support the Locked Out ABC Workers



Workers in . . .

Etehad Chap Kargari

. . . . an alliance of nine Iranian political groups and organizations set up in 1994 in response to a clear need to create and organize an alliance of radical organizations of the left .

We are seeking your help to set up an active campaign

  • In defense of the struggles of the Iranian working class
  • In defense of Iranian political prisoners and political refugees
  • In defense of the struggles and the rights of Iranian women


Article 23. (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.

(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favorable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.

(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Article 24. Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Article 25. (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948, and binding all member states


International Unemployed Workers'
Latest News

from LabourNet UK

artwork by Mike Jones



The Economic Human Rights Campaign . . .

a national effort led by poor and homeless families to raise the issue of poverty as a human rights violation in the United States.

"This 'welfare reform' attacks all working people -- not just those whose benefits are cut."
- Labor Party (US) Statement


Kensington Welfare Rights Union!
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'Strike of the century'

800,000 strike for three weeks.

Union leaders threatened by paramilitary death squads with eight union leaders assassinated.

Columbian Working Class
Moves toward Victory!
United States' threats and
Military Intervention Grows



The World is our Picket Line!

International Solidarity Grows!

Worldwide Support for Liverpool Dockers

Some of the key ports around the world with Solidarity Actions for the Liverpool Dockers.

The Locked-out Liverpool dockers have forged important international solidarity actions to save their jobs and their lives.
They're up against the same onslaughts by the bosses and governments that workers everywhere are experiencing.
Supporting their exemplary struggle
is supporting yourself!

Liverpool Lockout home page

Neptune Jade / Liverpool Dockers Defense Committee Web Page

Global shipowners, represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA),
sued labor activists who are fighting
to protect waterfront workers around the world.
This is a major workers' fight-back page.
Visit it!


The bosses are the same around the world.
It's an international fight:

Dockers Around the World
at Labournet ( UK)



from the Maritime Union of Australia:
MUA - War


Brazilian dockers occupy two ships
and the judge approves intervention by the Army.

struggle of the Santos Dockers

Web site of the Santos, Brazil port unions

(Mostly in Portuguese)






1997 was the 60th Anniversary of the one of the
greatest victories in American Labor History:
the Flint Sit-Down Strike
Take over the plants and win!

we can learn today
from what they knew then:
Class Consciousness!

"The greatest battle of all, the Flint sit-down strike of 1937, again, was one that came from below. The top leadership of the UAW and the CIO did not make the plans. If anything, they were fearful of so great a challenge to the bosses and the government. But the seizure and occupation of the GM plant electrified workers across the country. They came from everywhere to help out. Women organized their Emergency Brigade, which started with cooking meals and ended with women carrying two by fours battling the cops.


"With the victory at GM there immediately followed hundreds of sit-downs in factories and offices. The tide had turned. When the Steel Workers Organizing Committee threatened to lead a national strike, the steel bosses, undefeated in unionbusting for 60 years, gave up without a fight and recognized the union!

"The workers of the '30s knew that the laws had all been written by the bosses. They knew the cops, the judges, the politicians and the military were all working for the bosses.

National Guard Against Strike Supporters
Michigan National Guard confronts union supporters outside GM plants in Flint, 1937

An article here by the
Detroit Newspaper Strikers

An Article from the
Walter P. Reuther Library

An Article from the
Michigan Historical Museum

The official UAW version gives too
much credit to politicians
and too little credit to the rank and file.

"To win a measure of justice they said: To hell with the cops! To hell with the judges and injunctions! To hell with the National Guard! And to hell with unjust laws!

". . . .  In the end, the bosses decided they would rather live with unions than face a full-scale civil war, a class war.

    -- David Sole, president of UAW Local 2334, in his opening address at the 12/7/1996 conference in support of the striking Detroit newspaper workers


Should anyone still ask: "Do We Need Unions? Is it Worth the Fight?"

Here's an answer, from real life in California: click me.

And here's another:
It runs more than skin deep with these strippers!



Important Articles for Organizing Today

Labor Smacks the Smug New Face of Union-Busting
by David Bacon, via an external link to CAQ
The Corporate & Government Line-up against Labor & Labor's Response

NAFTA: Go ahead -- organize. Who's stopping you?
via an external link to The Labor Party Press
NAFTA has not only resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs,
it has become a powerful tool employers use to keep unions out and wages low.




Two Promising Workers' Organizations in the USA

"One Big Union!"
And no political parties! That's the slogan of the Industrial Workers of the World -- the Wobblies. They've come back to life, they're growing, and you can find them -- and join them -- here:
IWW Home Page


The new Labor Party in the US was founded in Cleveland, Ohio in June '96.
It offers the hope of new political power for American working people.
The Labor Party can be found here:

Labor Party Home Page





Maastricht Non!
Committee to Abrogate the Maastricht Treaty - - in French



Union Summer

Union Summer '98

Union Summer projects make corporate America tremble, and you can apply right now!

The Union Summer programs of the AFL-CIO thrust over 1,000 students, workers, and community activists onto the front lines of the U.S. labor movement. In 1996, forty-three separate three-week "waves" in twenty-three different cities coast to coast, Union Summer activists made their mark on union organizing campaigns and other struggles for social and economic justice.
Click the graphic.



Some Recent Key Struggles

    The people of Albania rose up in the greatest uprising against the market economy yet in Eastern Europe or the former USSR. 
    The New World Economic Order is vulnerable when workers refuse to take it any more, even in a spontaneous revolt like this.

    On-the-scene-report -news you Won't get from the corporate media!
    And an external link with reports and analyses from the UK:
    Albania in Revolt -- Insurrection in Albania

    Korean General Strike!
    At dawn on 26 December 1996, the ruling party of South Korea unilaterally passed amendments to the labor laws which amounted to a grave new anti-worker attack.
    Protesting against the new laws, Korean Workers stood up to fight with massive general strikes and demonstrations.

    This is their site, providing news of their actions and the opinions of Korean workers:
    Korean Strikers' Home Page in Korea



A Look at the AFL-CIO

AFL-CIO Leadership Biographies
There has been a recent big shake-up in the leadership of the largest official union organization in the US: the AFL-CIO.  We all hope that their more militant words will be followed by more militant actions.
You can find out about who the new leadership is and some stuff about their backgrounds.
A few who have links to the bosses' side are exposed too: Click here.

A Look at US Labor Law

Is the NLRB Good For US Labor?
What the record shows is that the whole scheme of labor laws, of which the NLRB is a component, is ultimately designed to diminish the power of the unions. . .   from The Organizer


Weapons in the Struggle Against Capital

Direct Action in the Workplace
from the IWW, including:
SOLIDARITY: The best weapon is, of course, organization.
by Harry DeBoer

SELECTIVE STRIKES: Taking the Offensive from the OCAW  

Setting Up Your Structure  
Collective Actions  

by Ralph Chaplin, from the IWW

France: The General Strike of 1968

France: The Strike Waves of 1995

RevolutionS: some Anarchist views on the major workers' revolutions

The Spanish Revolution & Civil War 1936-1939

Workers' Councils and the Struggle for Worker Autonomy: the fight for real workers' power in the USSR





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