syndicalism

Wayne Thorpe - El Ferrol, Rio de Janeiro, Zimmerwald, and Beyond: Syndicalist Internationalism, 1914-1918

"International syndicalism is our holy family"(1). Thus declared Die Einigkeit, the journal of the German syndicalist trade unions, on 25 July 1914, on the eve of the outbreak of war in Europe. This declaration constituted not only an identification with syndicalist organizations elsewhere but a pledge to honour labour internationalism in the event of war.

2007: Interview with the CNT-F's International Relations Secretary

An interview with Jérémie, International Relations Secretary of the CNT-F, during the recent I07 conference in Paris. This interview was made by CGT comrade Ronny Stansert for the Swedish SAC's magazine, "Arbetaren".

1997: CGT conference in Spain

A reportback by Guy Cheverton of a conference of the Spanish syndicalist union, the CGT. We do not necessarily agree with some of the points made, but reproduce for reference.

The Decline of the I. W. W.

Walsenberg (Colorado) IWW Hall, after attack on January 12, 1928

Despite its gloomy title, The Decline of the IWW is a lively account of the period 1917–1931 and a worthy successor to Paul Brissenden’s seminal The I.W.W. : a study of American syndicalism, which took the story up to 1917. During the period in question, the IWW had to deal with state repression, work out its relations with Communist organizations, survive internal splits, and compete with other forms of industrial unionism. Includes material on the IWW’s educational campaigns and industrial research, plus an extensive bibliography of IWW publications and periodicals.

Reflections on Violence (1908) - Georges Sorel

A philosophical work published in 1908 by the French revolutionary syndicalist Georges Sorel. Sorel argues that the success of the proletariat in class struggle depended on the creation of a catastrophic and violent revolution achieved through a general strike. Many of the ideas within would later influence fascists and as well as socialists. This version was translated and edited by Jeremy Jennings for the 'Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought' series (pub. 1999).

Industrial unionism in America - Marion Dutton Savage

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The main objects of this volume are to "describe the different industrial unions which are functioning today [in the 1920s]" and to "draw some general conclusions as to the direction in which the labor movement is likely to develop in the future." It necessarily gives considerable historical matter pertaining to the unions under review, but it does not attempt to relate their history in detail. It draws liberally on previous writers, such as Brissenden, Budish and Soule, and Schlueter, for some of the unions.

The Proletarian Public - The Practice of Proletarian Self-Emancipation [1996] Peter Critchley

"... I wanted to write on the proletarian transformation of politics and the tradition of 'socialism from below'. I share that commitment to working class self-emancipation and autonomy, and so gathered materials for a thesis on proletarian order... hoping to inform a little, inspire and just pay tribute to... all those who breathed fire and life into socialism. "

IWW report from the 30th SAC Congress

A reportback of the 30th Congress of the Swedish syndicalist union, SAC.

Sorel's reflections on violence and the poverty of voluntarism - Donald Parkinson

Article that discusses Sorel's Reflection On Violence, critiquing its voluntaristic ideas and exploring its relation to fascism.

Business unionism vs revolutionary unionism - Dave Neal

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A piece on the decline of business unions and the opportunities this has opened up for a resurgent Revolutionary Union movement.