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PCS cancels contract. OlySol Wins!

Olympia IWW - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 15:12

Pacific Coast Security (PCS) has canceled its contracts with the downtown businesses that were being organized through the Olympia Downtown Association (ODA). As we reported in a previous issue, PCS was operating what they inappropriately called “safety teams”, unless by “safety” they were keeping people safe from sleeping. They hired guards to sweep houseless folks from doorways and awnings in front of businesses.
Olympia Solidarity Network (OlySol) and other concerned citizens have been demonstrating against the sweeps for the past several months, letting the ODA and PCS know that this is not the way to proceed.

OlySol has shown once again that direct action gets the goods. The cancellation of the PCS contracts is a great win in the battle against gentrification, but there is still more work to be done. The police and conservative elements within the city government are supporting the ODA. The Artesian Commons remains closed and the city has considered selling the public lots it owns downtown in order that a private owner could then legally force the occupants off.

Additionally, four anonymous business owners have filed a lawsuit against the city for the mitigation camp downtown. However, in one of their declarations to the court, which was apparently leaked on reddit, “John Doe 1” spends most of his time talking about anarchists. He says the “character of the homeless people has changed…” and that “There is a group amongst the homeless that are exploiting this tragic situation to create a political power keg.”

This sounds like he is upset that homeless people are standing up for themselves, that he would prefer they knew their place. No one is “creating” a political situation here. It already IS a political situation. An economic system that profits off the backs of others and exacerbates the gap between the haves and have nots is a political situation!

“John Doe 1” seems to think that the homeless can’t think for themselves. That they can’t see how they are being unfairly treated by the Powers That Be. He, and others, unjustly equate homeless people with danger. While there very well may be dangerous people who are homeless, and or, people driven by desperation, there are also very dangerous people among the housed and yet we do not blanket condemn them. Who would be the most vulnerable to the potential dangerous people downtown if not other homeless people? The people who have nowhere to go that is at all safe. These are the people who cannot rely on the police, the very police who are only barely being restrained from beating them and deporting them from town.

Perhaps these business owners are afraid that the city’s actions will hurt their business. Maybe even drive them out of business. Who knows, then they themselves may end up on the street, through no fault of their own. Then maybe they would see things in a different light… but I doubt it.

There is forever talk of the deserving and undeserving poor. This concept has been with us at least since Reagan. It has seeped into our culture and is thus genuinely held by some to be true. However, it is code for racism from the days of the “War on Drugs” & welfare reform.
The issue we are battling here is the so-called “American Dream.” That is, the idea that if you work hard enough you will get ahead. Inversely, if you are poor you have not worked hard enough. People assume that those on the streets have made poor choices in their lives and thus it is their own fault that they are poor.

This is reinforced by those of us among the poor and working poor who also hold on to the American Dream. People tend to place great weight on their own experience. Also, most of us have suffered so much at the hands of others that as soon as we are offered 25 cents more per hour and a bogus title it goes right to our heads.

We have been so powerless in our own lives that the thought of having power over others is very alluring to us. The point is we have to stand together. We have to break this dynamic in our own lives. Then we can manifest our solidarity.
We must make real the motto – An injury to one, is an injury to all!

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Bisbee 17 Is a Deceptive Propaganda Movie, Not a Factual Documentary

Olympia IWW - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 15:03

The Bisbee 17 movie is an attempt to use the documentary format to rewrite history. It is slanted toward “might is right capitalism” and glaringly derogatory in its portrayal of the striking workers. Its slant is very apparent in the way it portrays the political and labor climate in 1917. The movie tries to make the war profiteering mine baron’s action as something that was “necessary” for the public good and the war effort. It is ludicrous to consider forgiving the heinous actions of Walter S. Douglas, the mine president and “boss” of the company town, if one bothers to research what really happened. In 1917, the US president was Woodrow Wilson, a typical two-faced liar who ran on a peace platform, but actively sought to enter WWI. He vigorously crushed anyone opposing the war, deporting Emma Goldman and imprisoning Eugene Debs for encouraging young men to stay home and resist the unnecessary war. Do you know the reasons for WWI? The only one that has survived the test of time is the opportunity for capitalistic profit.

Copper mine barons stood to make a fortune exploiting the Eastern European refugees fleeing warring Europe and the Latin Americans fleeing the US destabilization of Central America for corporate profit. Like today with Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Ray McGovern and Medea Benjamin, there is no peace for the peaceful and anyone exposing or resisting the perpetual war machine is persecuted and called a traitor. Note how in this Bisbee propaganda piece, the Wobblies are described as “violent, communist, radical, and treasonous” without giving one example or any shred of evidence. This so-called documentary is actually a call to forgive the oppression, lies and needless war of yesterday so we can continue with the same today. The film does nothing to elucidate the demands of the strikers, instead portraying them as gap-toothed fools. The miners’ demands: “They asked for an end to physical examinations after shifts (used by the mine owners to counter theft), having two workers on each drilling machine, two men working the ore elevators, an end to blasting while men were in the mine, an end to the bonus system, no more assignment of construction work to miners, replacement of the sliding scale of wages with a $6.00 per day shift rate, and no discrimination against union members. The company refused all the demands.” “World War I led to a sharp increase in demand and therefore prices for copper. With prices higher, attention to safety became even less of a consideration. Immigration trends also played to the Company’s benefit. A new wave of immigrants from southern and eastern Europe created a near limitless supply of potential miners. Anyone protesting the working conditions in the mine was blacklisted – and easily replaced…. These inexperienced miners, many of whom spoke no English, created their own safety hazard. Having no training, there were numerous incidents in which miners died (and/or caused the death of others) on their first day on the job.” May 17, 1917, Workers give demands. June 8, 168 miners are killed in a mine accident in Butte Montana. June 26, a peaceful, state wide strike starts in Arizona. July 5, the illegal Jerome deportation. July 12, 1917, the illegal Bisbee deportation. Now, deportations, “rendering” and other disappearances. No, the psychopathic, hyper-capitalist mine baron, Douglas, his minions, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and before him, Sheriff Harry Wheeler, and the vigilante thugs involved in the “deportation” are not forgiven. After their heirs relinquish their ill gotten fortunes and work for a more compassionate society, try again. Until then, this movie is just capitalistic, “war is good,” mock the victims, crap, possibly a training film for modern small town vigilantes.

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Amazon Workers in Europe Walk Out

Olympia IWW - Sat, 01/12/2019 - 14:55

Once again workers at Amazon warehouses in Europe have staged a walkout during one of the company’s busiest times of the year – Black Friday. Workers in Germany struck for 24 hours on Black Friday and in Spain on Friday and Saturday. They are demanding better pay and working conditions. Workers make as little as 10.78 euros ($12.23) an hour. The owner of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, is currently the richest person in the world, according to Forbes. Over the past year he has made roughly $80,000,000,000 or $38.5 million an hour.

Workers in the United Kingdom and Italy have also gone on strike. “Our European Fulfillment Network is fully operational,” Amazon said in a statement to The Washington Post. “And we continue to focus on delivering for our customers and reports to the contrary are simply wrong.” Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post. Earlier this year Amazon also announced that it would be opening two more U.S. based headquarters.

One is in Northern Virginia and the other in Long Island City, areas that are already greatly gentrified. This gentrification will only get worse as they will likely follow the path of Seattle which has been pricing its citizens further and further out of the city. Additionally, earlier this year, workers struck on “Prime Day,” another big sales day for the online giant.

Workers in Germany have been agitating for better pay and working conditions for several years now at Amazon warehouses – or as Amazon calls them – fulfillment centers. “The conditions our members at Amazon are working under are frankly inhuman,” said a statement by Tim Roache, General Secretary of the GMB, a trade union in the United Kingdom. “They are breaking bones, being knocked unconscious and being taken away in ambulances.” He added: “We’re standing up and saying enough is enough. These are people making Amazon its money. People with kids, homes, bills to pay — they’re not robots. Jeff Bezos is the richest bloke on the planet; he can afford to sort this out.”

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Visioning 2019

IWW Austria - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 10:50

Das jährliche Visioning der IWW findet am 03.02.2019 statt (nur für Mitglieder).

Hier geht es zur Anmeldung: [contact-form-7]

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2018: a massive year for IWW members

IWW Australia - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 21:34

2018 has been a huge year for IWW members across the globe. We’ve smashed records, won big victories and organised in areas no union has ever organised in.

In the US, the IWW Burgerville Workers’ Union has become the largest recognised fast food union in American history, and waged strikes, improved conditions and forced the reinstatement of unfairly fired workers in a high-turnover industry that’s considered impossible to organise.

In the UK, the IWW Couriers’ Network organised thousands of couriers into a mass national strike against UberEats and Deliveroo for improved pay rates, and Couriers’ Network branches have been established across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom which have run successful campaigns for improved wages, better safety conditions, and the abolition of unpaid trial shifts.

IWW members played an instrumental part in kicking off a huge wildcat strike involving tens of thousands of teachers across West Virginia, and took on a similarly critical role in a wave of strikes at Canada Post. Meanwhile, IWW members have established workers’ power on the floor of restaurants in New York, won wage increases at rock-climbing centres, organised subtitle-writing workers, charity workers and university workers, and succeeded in case after case after case of battles against wage theft.

It’s not only possible that we can organiser like this in Australia – with mainstream unions stagnating and covering barely 10% of the private sector workforce and wages going backwards while profits surge ahead, it’s urgently necessary. If you want to be part of this in 2019, then join the IWW today!

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Protest gegen die Mathilde-Zimmer-Stiftung in mehreren Städten

IWW Germany - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 05:28

Am 9.12. wurden in verschiedenen Städten, Bad Homburg, Hamburg und Frankfurt Flyer gegen die Geschäftspraktiken der Mathilde-Zimmer-Stiftung verteilt, Anwohner*innen und Besucher*innen informiert: Mit prekären Beschäftigungsformen wird die Belegschaft gespalten. Es wird geklagt, Hausverbot ausgesprochen gegen die, die es wagen, den Mund aufzumachen.

Während und nach den Bundestagswahlen und der Koalitionsverhandlungen 2017/18 wurden die schlechten Arbeitsbedingungen und Bedingungen für Menschen in Heimen und Krankenhäusern breit debattiert. Die als Ergebnis dieser Diskussionen angekündigten zusätzlichen, den Unternehmen bezuschussten Pflegekräfte werden bereits eingespart:

Mehr und mehr übernehmen bei der MZS Pflegekräfte Serviceaufgaben, dementsprechend werden Servicekräfte nicht beschäftigt.

Wem fehlen Pflegekräfte?

Die Pflegekräfte fehlen: Bewohner*innen und Kolleg*innen.

Nicht fehlen tun sie der MZS: Sie entlässt, beschäftigt befristete Beschäftigte nicht weiter, die dort arbeiten möchten. Unterbesetzung bedeutet, die MZS hat gespart.

Es hat System: Durch den selbstgemachten „Mangel“ kann Druck auf die Arbeiter*innen aufgebaut werden.

Leiharbeiter*innen, die jederzeit nicht mehr gebucht werden können, die Sorge der befristeten nicht weiterbeschäftigt zu werden, die Bedrohung für die festen Beschäftigten, auch in dieser Mühle von Leiharbeit, Befristung und Erwerbslosigkeit zu landen. So wird Organisierung in Gewerkschaft oder einer Mitarbeiter*innenvertretung verhindert.

Wir fordern:

1. Sofortige Rücknahme der einstweiligen Verfügung gegen Harald Stubbe und jeglicher Klageverfahren, auch gegen den Hamburger Kollegen und gegen die IWW.

2. Die Möglichkeit für alle Kolleginnen und Kollegen sowie der Bewohner*innen ihre Meinung über die Arbeitsbedingungen öffentlich in Wort und Schrift kundtun zu können.

3. Schluss mit der Einschüchterung von Kolleg*innen und Bewohner*innen.


Ein Angriff auf eine(n) ist ein Angriff auf alle!

GMB Hamburg & Schwerpunkt Care

Der Beitrag Protest gegen die Mathilde-Zimmer-Stiftung in mehreren Städten erschien zuerst auf Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) im deutschsprachigen Raum.

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IWW – Solidarity with Swedish Workers

IWW - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 07:59


The IWW expresses its solidarity with SAC – Syndikalisterna, other grassroots unions, and Swedish workers.

We note that the Swedish government, in collaboration with big business and mainstream trade unions are proposing legislation that would severely restrict the right of workers to take industrial action in defence of their interests.

We consider this attack on Swedish workers as a form of class war more to be expected from authoritarian regimes than from a social democratic government and union bureaucracies who are in clear collaboration with the capitalist class.

In particular it will be illegal for Swedish unions to engage in strikes or other forms of action, including handing out leaflets outside a workplace for any other purpose than not having a collective bargaining agreement with an employer. The only recourse for discrimination or illegal sackings will now be a flawed labour court system.

It will be illegal to engage in a strike to get a collective bargaining agreement if a union is “known to not usually sign or hold” such an agreement. It will also be illegal to strike to get a collective bargaining agreement if there is already a collective bargaining agreement with another union – even if they have no members in the workplace or sector.

These proposals will severely reduce the potential for independent solidarity unions to take industrial action of any kind.

They also enable employers to create their own yellow unions or to incite unions organising the same workplaces into competition that suits the employer rather than the workers.

These proposals contravene ILO conventions ratified by Sweden in the 1940s as well as European Convention articles on the right to free association and the right to union organisation.

The IWW extends solidarity and applauds Swedish unions and workers who have taken to the streets in recent months in an effort to resist these reactionary proposals becoming law. Representatives from Danish and Norwegian unions have also campaigned at home as well as attending protests in Stockholm.

In recent decades the struggle against the restriction of union rights has become central to the global class war and it must therefore always be waged internationally. The IWW stands with our Fellow Workers in struggle in Sweden and across the world.

Industrial Workers of the World

Wales Ireland Scotland England Regional Administration, North American Regional Administration, Greece Regional Organising Committee

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La IWW se afilia con la Confederacion Internacional del Trabajo

IWW - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 11:44

CHICAGO - En su referendo anual, la administración norteamericana de la IWW (Industrial Workers of the World / Trabajadores Industriales del Mundo) votó abrumadoramente a afiliarse a la recién formada Confederación Internacional del Trabajo (CIT). La CIT es una organización internacional que une a sindicatos revolucionarios en ocho paises de Europa, América Latina, y Norte América.

La CIT se enfoque en desarrollar un modelo visible del sindicalismo revolucionario, una manera de formar sindicatos basados en la solidaridad y la acción directa, y que prefiguren un mundo liberado del capitalismo. Los sindicatos de la CIT ya están coordinando su actividad entre trabajadores de apps, como los de Deliveroo y Foodora, incluso con huelgas coordinadas contra Deliveroo en varios paises.

La IWW aporta nuestra experiencia organizando en prisiones con el Comité Organizador de Trabajadores Encarcelados (Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee / IWOC). La CIT y sus secciones apoyaron a la huelga de encarcelados que ocurrió en los EEUU este año, para el cual IWOC jugó un rol importante. A traves de la CIT, la IWW ha empezado a contactar sindicatos de encarcelados en otros paises.

Más aún que la práctica sindical diaria, la CIT da lugar a sus secciones a compartir experiencias de luchas masivas obreras. Este año, la Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT - sección española de la CIT) jugó un rol importante en coordinar una Huelga General Feminista el 8 de Marzo, que la CNT y la CIT quieren tomar como ejemplo para 2019.

El voto de la IWW a afiliarse con la CIT culmina varios años de colaboración entre estos sindicatos para dar esta Internacional a luz. Queremos continuar desarrollando nuestros proyectos mutuos y formando relaciones en otros partes del mundo. La IWW va a compartir su experiencia y aprender de la experiencia de otros - a inspirar y ser inspirada. Con las crises económicas, ecológicas, y políticas que el capitalismo nos trae e intensifica, hace falta un vibrante e internacionalista movimiento revolucionario ahora más que nunca.

Viva la Internacional!

Industrial Workers of the World - Administración Regional Norteaméricana

Afiliada con la Confederación Internacional del Trabajo

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Note on affiliation to ICL

IWW - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 19:10

CHICAGO—In its annual referendum, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) North American Regional Administration voted overwhelmingly to officially join the recently formed International Confederation of Labor (ICL). The ICL is an international organization linking together revolutionary unions in eight different countries in Europe, Latin America, and North America.

The focus of the ICL is building a visible model for revolutionary unionism, a way to build unions that are based on solidarity, direct action, and which prefigure a world which has shaken off capitalism. ICL unions have already begun to coordinate their activity among app-based workers, such as those working for Deliveroo and Foodora, leading to coordinated strikes against Deliveroo in multiple countries.

The IWW brings to the table our growing experience organizing in prisons through the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC). The ICL and its member unions endorsed the U.S. #PrisonStrike earlier this year, which was co-led by IWOC. Through the ICL, the IWW has begun to make contact with unions of prisoners in other countries.

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Press Release: Bristol IWW defending whistle blowers and free speech in Bristol City Council

Bristol IWW - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 02:23

In March 2018 a FW ( fellow worker) working in Child Protection for Bristol City Council (BCC) was suspended from his post. He was charged with issues under the code of conduct, and most of the first set of allegations against him related to a closed Labour Party Facebook page. The group are made up of labour activists, who regularly discuss policy and procedure in BCC. The FW was conversing with a union shop steward about the Walter Ayles anti-war artwork. This had been taken down after orders from BCC. But after an outcry, the Council had to apologise, and the artwork was replaced.


The face book posting had been given to the council by Mayor Marvin Rees. Therefore, rather than just speaking to the labour party member, he tried to get them dismissed from their post in Child Protection. He also, by his actions, closed down a labour party face book group, and shut down free speech concerning BCC’s activities. Furthermore, he may have breeched rights of members under data protection legislation. All in all, Mayor Rees has attacked his own party members, and stopped them discussing his own policies. Hardly a beacon of democracy, and more will be forthcoming about this. Probably just prior to his reselection attempts.


Marvin failed to get the activist sacked for this, but then BCC forwarded more allegations, and tried to refuse our FW trade union support. The Head of Workforce, a Mr John Walsh wrote in an email, that the IWW secured, that the caseworker must be “shut down”. Hardly in line with the ethos of an open and transparent disciplinary process. Walsh carried on in his attempts to carry on with out the FW having representation, until BCC employed an expensive consultant. This consultant had to explain to Walsh that he could not do this, and also, he had to follow his employer’s own policies. This consultant even had to explain to Walsh what “will” meant, in the context of employment legislation; unbelievable when you consider that this person’s wages equate to a couple of libraries being kept open.


The other allegations revolved around a twitter account, held by the Bristol Citizen. The Citizen regularly criticises BCC’s officers, councillors and policies. The democratic Mayor and his officers cannot stand this and were determined to prove that our FW was the Citizen. One small problem, they did not have a shred of proof, not a smidgen, absolutely bugger all. Their main “proof” was that it was common knowledge in the Public Relations Office, and the Mayor’s Office, that the FW was the Bristol Citizen. Come the day they could not supply a single statement, or witness. The IWW contacted the Bristol Citizen, who did provide a statement, and some interesting information.


Whilst this incompetent mess could be seen as the council just being completely out of their trees. The FW does have some history with BCC. In 2012 he whistle blew that a six figure some was missing from Bristol markets. This figure could build a children’s centre, or similar. Rather than a full investigation, he lost his job and was lucky to be redeployed. To this day, the money is still missing and there has not been any disciplinary process, other than against the whistle blower. No other FWs in the council have had to put up with this level of incompetence relating to disciplinary. So we can only conclude that these bizarre allegations, and the victimisation that followed, were due to him being a whistle blower. He even phoned the Council’s whistle blower’s helpline, to get an answer phone, and no help.


Our FW is made of stern stuff though, and he had the support of the best Union in the world. After 8 ½ months on suspension. 15 allegations, the employment of 2 external consultants, and hundreds of officer’s hours, all at a great cost to the tax payers of this city. He won his hearing, as everything was unfounded. He will go back to his Child Protection role, supporting vulnerable children in our city. But, we are not finished. There are serious questions to be answered, both from the Mayor, but also Mr Walsh. He started by trying to deny the FW his trade union rights, interfered in the case, and even instructed the FWs witnesses not to engage. Furthermore, the Bristol Citizen tells us that he has history. He was involved in the sacking of several whistle blowers in the Wirral. The Citizen has tweeted this, and the IWW will be investigating further. We do not need these people in our City. We need proper, transparent public services, run by a democratic council. If they cannot do this, we will.


Steve Mills

National Case Worker, Bristol IWW

November 2018

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Frauenstreik 8. März 2019

IWW Germany - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:28

Die Ortsgruppen Leipzig und Berlin solidarisieren sich mit mit dem Frauenstreik. Hier die aktuelle Pressemitteilung:

Berlin, 12.11.2018


„Wenn wir die Arbeit niederlegen, steht die Welt still!“
100 Jahre nachdem sich Frauen das Wahlrecht erkämpft haben, sind viele Versprechen noch uneingelöst. Deshalb ruft ein bundesweites Netzwerk ruft zum Frauenstreik am 8. März 2019 auf.

Am Wochenende vom 10.-11.11.18 fand das erste bundesweite Vernetzungstreffen für einen Frauenstreik in Deutschland mit 400 Teilnehmerinnen in Göttingen statt. Das Netzwerk ruft Frauen und queers dazu auf, am 8. März 2019 bundesweit die bezahlte und unbezahlte Arbeit niederzulegen. Der Streik knüpft an die globale Streikbewegung von Frauen an, die sich von Argentinien bis Hong Kong, von Polen bis Italien ausbreitet. Auch
hierzulande geht es sowohl um Auseinandersetzungen um Lohn und Arbeitsbedingungen, als auch um Forderungen nach Aufwertung und Umverteilung der unbezahlten Erziehungs-, Haushalts- und Pflegearbeit. Der Streik soll außerdem ein deutliches Zeichen für körperliche und sexuelle Selbstbestimmung und gegen jede Form von Gewalt an Frauen setzen.
Anthea, Frauenstreikkomitee Berlin: „Es ist offensichtlich Zeit für eine feministische Großdebatte. Die Dynamik ist überwältigend – fast wöchentlich gründen sich neue Ortsgruppen und Streikkomitees. In den kommenden Monaten wollen wir gemeinsam auf den Tag hinarbeiten, an dem wir zeigen werden: wenn wir die Arbeit niederlegen, steht die Welt still“.

Nina, Koordinierungskreis für einen Frauenstreik in Nordrhein-Westfalen: „Wir haben Pläne geschmiedet, wie wir In den Betrieben und Organisationen aktiv werden, aber auch in den Stadtteilen und Nachbarschaften, in Werkstätten, in Schulen und Kindergärten, in Krankenhäusern – und auch zu Hause. Wir diskutieren über konkrete Streik- und Aktionsformen, planen, vernetzen uns. Auch innerhalb der Gewerkschaften wird schon viel über den Frauenstreik diskutiert.“

Penelope, Frauenstreikkomitee München: „Wir sind viele und sehr verschieden. Wir sind Frauen und Queers, wir arbeiten in Festanstellung oder selbstständig, befristet oder ohne Vertrag. Wir gehen zur Schule, sind in der Ausbildung oder von Hartz IV betroffen, leben schon lange hier oder sind vor kurzem als Geflüchtete hergekommen. Wir haben eines gemeinsam: Wir sind alle Arbeiterinnen und wir wollen streiken. Für ein gutes Leben – für jede von uns.“.

Judith, Frauenstreikkomitee Berlin: „#MeToo hat deutlich gezeigt wie viele Frauen ein Bedürfnis haben sich zu wehren. Auch bei uns geht es viel um Gewalt gegen Frauen und Sexismus – aber wir gehen weit darüber hinaus: Es geht um gleiche Rechte im Berufsleben. Um Umverteilung der unbezahlten Arbeit im Haushalt. Um den Rechtsruck, der Frauen- und Minderheitenrechte in Frage stellt. Wir lassen uns das nicht bieten!“

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Der Beitrag Frauenstreik 8. März 2019 erschien zuerst auf Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) im deutschsprachigen Raum.

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Calls for Solidarity with Community in Resistance to Toxic Gold mining

IWW Scotland - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 06:50

Industrial Workers of the World

Earlier today members of the Industrial Workers of the World have taken a delegation of local activists to visit the Greencastle Peoples Office (GPO) in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains where the community continues to oppose the destruction of their environment by multinational Dalradian Gold Ltd.

Last week, several hundred people rallied at the site in solidarity and support with the ongoing campaign. The size of the demonstration clearly showed the extent of anger felt within the community and beyond at the activities of Dalradian Gold in the area. For the past number of years residents in the village of Greencastle, county Tyrone have continuously objected to any development of a gold-mining processing plant in the Sperrin Mountains due to the huge catastrophic impact which it will have on the environment and the health of people throughout the North West.

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Heißer Herbst abgeblasen, wieder einmal

IWW Austria - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 05:58

Der ÖGB ist offenbar der Meinung, mit den 3,46 % für die Metaller ist die Ankündigung erfüllt, dass bei den KV-Verhandlungen alles “zurückgeholt” wird. Heißer Herbst also abgeblasen, 12h-Tag bleibt unangetastet. Wir hingegen sind immer noch der Meinung: 4 Stunden sind genug!

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Extinction Rebellion and the Environmental Unionism Caucus

Bristol IWW - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 03:22
Bristol IWW has voted to give it’s full support to Rising Up! and it’s Extinction Rebellion campaign and establish an Environmental Unionism Caucus. Please join us in London this Saturday to demand action on the impending climate catastrophe. The inaction and indifference of the mainstream unions on this matter is unacceptable. In the face of a global environmental crisis that will affect the most vulnerable first, Unite and GMB have voiced their support for expanding Stansted airport as well as building a third runway at Heathrow. It is vital that organisations like the IWW take the lead on this issue and push the workers movement into urgent action. For more info please see: or this article on Left Foot Forward by one of our members, Alex.
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WWI: Remember the Dead, Remember Those Who Resisted

IWW Scotland - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 16:57

Today, 11th November, is the 100th anniversary of the 1918 armistice which ended the First World War. More than ever, the build-up to Remembrance Day has been used to push a pro-militarist agenda, and attack dissenting views. It pushes ‘patriotism’ and ignores class, gender, race, disability and other sources of power and inequality.

We mourn the millions of soldiers on both sides who were deceived or forced into fighting, particularly those who lost their lives or were injured.  We mourn the millions of civilians who were injured or killed.  We mourn the millions of people on both sides who continued to suffer after the war, often from post traumatic stress, generally without receiving the support they needed.  We mourn for all the young working class people who suffered the guilt of being forced to kill others just like them or build armaments to support the ‘war effort’.   We condemn the ruling class on both sides that caused this war through their greed and desire for more power and domination.

For us, as internationalists and anti-militarists, we will cherish the memory of all those who stood on principle against the war or who came to resist it. These included:

  • Over 16,000 conscientious objectors in Britain, many of whom endured long stretches of hard labour and prison;
  • Socialists and anarchists who campaigned against the war and conscription, and faced down jingoistic mobs;
  • The left-wing women’s movement, led especially by Agnes Dollan and Helen Crawfurd, whose Women’s Peace Crusades attracted thousands in Glasgow;
  • John MacLean, who became the voice of the anti-war movement, and who would never recover from the punishment he received from the state;
  • And the soldiers themselves – not just from Britain, but Russia, France and Germany – who came to refuse orders, shirk, desert and ultimately mutiny. It was, after all, the Kiel mutiny of German sailors who brought an end to the war and ushered in the German Revolution.

The Industrial Workers of the World itself has a long history of resisting all capitalists’ wars from American intervention in Mexico in the 1910s to the wars of the present day.

During the First World War, Wobblies carried out anti-war campaigning and were imprisoned for refusing to serve in the army in Britain, Australia and New Zealand. In the USA, it is true, there was more debate over the best course to follow. The union was overwhelmingly against the war, but the majority of the leadership wanted to save the organisation from destruction by muting its anti-war stance. As it turned out, the state launched a full-scale attack on the union anyway.

Rank-and-file American Wobblies did actively struggle against the war machine, however, and they were led by organiser Frank Little. He argued that the war had brought a ‘mad chaos of bloodshed and slaughter’, and that it could ‘only serve to further rivet the chains of slavery on our necks, and render still more secure the power of the few to control the destinies of the many’ (Chester 2014: 129). Little was murdered by hired thugs in August 1917.

Here, we reproduce a resolution passed by the American IWW in 1916. It might be over a hundred years old but it’s as relevant as ever.

This history is not dead. Anti-militarism is not a side issue to our organising; it’s a necessary part of organising for a better world.

Anti-war resolution passed by the 1916 convention of the (US) Industrial Workers of the World:

We, the Industrial Workers of the World, in convention assembled, hereby re-affirm our adherence to the principles of industrial unionism, and rededicate ourselves to the unflinching, unfaltering prosecution of the struggle for the abolition of wage slavery and the realization of our ideals in Industrial Democracy.

With the European war for conquest and exploitation raging and destroying our lives, class consciousness and the unity of the workers, and the ever-growing agitation for military preparedness clouding the main issues and delaying the realization of our ultimate aim with patriotic and therefore capitalistic aspirations, we openly declare ourselves the determined opponents of all nationalistic sectionalism, or patriotism, and the militarism preached and supported by our one enemy, the capitalist class.

We condemn all wars, and for the prevention of such, we proclaim the anti-militaristic propaganda in time of peace, thus promoting class solidarity among the workers of the entire world, and, in time of war, the general strike, in all industries.

We extend assurances of both moral and material support to all workers who suffer at the hands of the capitalist class for their adherence to these principles, and call on all workers to unite themselves with us, that the reign of the exploiters may cease, and this earth be made fair through the establishment of industrial democracy.

(This resolution was previously published online at



Further information:

For a good account of conscientious objection in Scotland and Britain, see Spirit of Revolt’s recent talk on this subject.

The best summary of conscientious objection and resistance to WWI in Scotland is Robert Duncan’s Objectors and Resisters: Opposition to Conscription and War in Scotland 1914-1918 (2015).

Eric Chester’s Wobblies in Their Heyday (2014) has a useful discussion of the American IWW during the First World War.

Two great essays on the British army during the war are Dave Lamb’s Mutinies 1917-1920, and Why Blackadder Goes Forth Could Have Been a Lot Funnier, by the Bristol Radical History Group, which looks at the ways in which soldiers would avoid killing.

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What the hell happened in Centralia? AKA The Centralia Tragedy.

Olympia IWW - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 12:07

The history of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is filled with tragedy, as well as victory. For some reason all lot of the events took place in the month of November and several of them took place here in the Northwest. One of these such events is known as the Centralia Tragedy. What follows is a brief history of that event which will have its 100th anniversary next year.

Even to this day some people still have strong feelings about the Tragedy. For a long time there has been a monument to the American Legion. The side that attacked and lynched the wobblies. While only about ten years ago was a mural created in Centralia recognizing the tragedy as such.

The American Legion in its early years was little better then a collection of fascist sympathizers and organized vigilantes. In 1923, a just a few years after the Centralia Tragedy, American Legion Commander Alvin Owsley cited Italian Fascism as a model for defending the nation against the forces of the left. Owsley said: “If ever needed, The American Legion stands ready to protect our country’s institutions and ideals as the Fascisti dealt with the deconstructionists who menaced Italy!… The American Legion is fighting every element that threatens our democratic government – Soviets, anarchists, IWW, revolutionary socialists and every other red… Do not forget that the Fascisti are to Italy what The American Legion is to the United States.”

So this gives you an idea of what kind of people the Legion was made up of. November 11th 1919 was the 1st anniversary of the end of World War I. Then it was known as Armistice day. Today it is known as Veterans Day. That war was also called the war to end all wars. That clearly wasn’t the case so they later had to celebrate the end of other wars. Or just celebrate war, who can tell.

Anyway, in Centralia that day the Legion, as well as some other groups, had planned a parade. There had been talk that they would try and attack the IWW union hall. So the wobblies were somewhat prepared. We should note that there were veterans of WWI on the union side as well. Particularly Wesley Everest. As the parade when down the street where the union hall was. It stopped in front. Legion members stormed the hall. As I said the wobblies were not entirely caught by surprise. They opened fire at the invaders. Also, across the street on a hill union members had been stationed with guns to set up a cross fire, if the Legion attacked.

A mob further attacked and burned out the union hall. Everest was one who fled the hall as it was being attacked. He was eventually caught and was dragged back to town to be lynched, however, the police intervened and put him in jail. Later that night vigilantes/legion members went into the jail, without resistance, and took Everest to a railroad bridge that crosses the Chehalis River.

Everest was hung twice from the bridge because the first time his neck didn’t break. After that the mob used their cars to spot light him and they took turns shooting at him. Some time in the night the body was cut down taken back to the jail where it was put back in the cell with his friends for the rest of the night.

Of course since the wobblies were the ones that were attacked 12 of them were indicted for murder and six of them were later convicted.

This is what happen in Centralia.

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Workshop: What are your rights at work in the UK?

Bristol IWW - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 12:17

A short introduction to basic work rights in the UK with some practical tips on how to deal with issues in the workplace, either individually or with other workers. We will be discussing things like types of contracts, pay and national minimum wage, discrimination, and how to submit a grievance. You will also have a chance to ask questions.

This workshop is open to anyone but is primarily intended for migrant workers and will be in collaboration with Opening Bristol’s Borders.

Thursday 22nd November 7pm @ Assisi Centre.

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Bauarbeiter*innenstreik in Lausanne

IWW Germany - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 08:15

In Lausanne streiken über 4000 Bauarbeiter*innen aus dem Kanton Waadt. Das ist eindrücklich – und die stärkste Beteiligung an den Regionalen Prostesttagen der Gewerkschaften bisher.

Bereits die hohe Mobilisierungen im Vorfeld im Tessin, in Genf, Freiburg, Neuenburg, im Jura und sogar im Wallis zeigen: Die Bauarbeiter*innen sind wütend. Die hinterhältigen Angriffe des SBV sind nicht unbemerkt an ihnen vorbei gegangen, obwohl sich die Baumeister*innen in der Öffentlichkeit als lösungsorientierte Wohltäter*innen verkaufen, die z.B. Praktikant*innen den Einstieg ins Berufsleben ermöglichen wollen (ohne Mindestlöhne = Lohndumping!) oder den Bauleuten längere Ferien im Winter gewähren (bei 300 flexiblen Arbeitsstunden = 12 Stunden Arbeitstage im Sommer). Diese Heuchler*innen! Die Arbeiter*innen haben zum Glück längst gemerkt, dass es den Boss*innen einfach um mehr Gewinn geht, die materiellen Interessen der Arbeiter*innen (Gesundheit, Freizeit, Rente, Lohn) stehen dem halt einfach diametral entgegen…

Die Waadtländer Bauarbeiter*innen werden auch morgen wieder streiken. Ein Teil von ihnen wird dann nach Zürich reisen, um die Genoss*innen dort beim Streik zu unterstützen. Tun wir es ihnen gleich!

Der Beitrag Bauarbeiter*innenstreik in Lausanne erschien zuerst auf Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) im deutschsprachigen Raum.

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Statement in Support of Just Housing.

Olympia IWW - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 16:17

Capitalism is not in crisis. It is the crisis. As long as the United States has existed, even before the Revolution, the ruling class has been pushing the narrative that the rich are wealthy by virtue of their own hard work, and that the poor are so because they are lazy. This is a lie and always has been. The rich get their money on the backs of the poor and working class.

The Industrial Workers of the World was founded to organize the workers, and the poor, to destroy capitalism.

As it says in the preamble to our constitution. “Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the earth.”

Here in Olympia this struggle is happening. You can easily see it in the streets. The business class and their lackeys in the city government want to sweep the houseless away. This is their solution to the “problem.” The business class’s problem is the people themselves.

Just Housing has been in this fight on the side of the poor for years now. We the Olympia Industrial Workers of the World wish to express our solidarity. We stand with Just Housing in their fight to help the houseless have more of the better things in life and not be pushed around by the cops and the hired security of the business class.

An injury to one, is an injury to all.

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Fall 2018 Industrial Worker

IWW - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 13:03

Fellow Workers,

This is our time to remember.

We remember the friends and Fellow Workers we have lost. We remember our personal losses. And we remember the losses around the world—of workers lost while toiling in unsafe workplaces (though those workers and their surviving colleagues told them of the problems numerous times), and of prisoners who, while possibly imprisoned lawfully, were supposed to receive humane treatment while incarcerated.

We remember workers we may have not known, not of our union, but who worked as leaders for many of the same goals we do: "the right of ... workers to have dignity, security, and a better life."

We also remember the struggles of workers who are finally being heard and recognized for their contributions to all of us. The victory of La Via Campesina—the farm workers around the world—to have their rights recognized by the UN Human Rights groups, after so many years of being devalued and ignored, is a sweet one.

Still shouting to be heard about fair pay for the work they do and the right to work without sexual harassment are fast-food workers. They should learn from Stardust Family United, who shared the same struggles until they united with the IWW and used their strength in numbers to effect lasting changes. Perhaps soon we will be able to remember fast-food workers' struggles and celebrate their victories.

Until then, we will remember. But we will use those memories to strengthen us in our resolve to keep fighting for workers everywhere. Because as we all know, an injury to one is an injury to all.

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