Enlightening Quotes

"[T]rade union action is class struggle. There is a class antagonism in capitalism -- capitalists and workers have opposing interests. Not only on the question of conservation of capitalism, but also within capitalism itself, with regard to the division of the total product.

... [C]onflicts of interests between the national capitalisms explode into wars. World war is the crowning of the policy of imperialism. For the workers, war is not only the destruction of all their feelings of international brotherhood, it also means the most violent exploitation of their class for capitalist profit. The working class, as the most numerous and the most oppressed class of society, has to bear all the horrors of war. The workers have to give not only their labour power, but also their health and their lives. ....

... [T]he narrow field of trade union struggle widens into the broad field of class struggle. ... the workers themselves must change. They have to take a wider view of the world. From their trade, from their work within the factory walls, their mind must widen to encompass society as a whole. Their spirit must rise above the petty things around them. They have to face the state; they enter the realm of politics." -- Anton Pannekoek, "Trade Unionism" (1936)

 

"Now that ... workers are superfluous, what do you do with them? First of all, you have to make sure they don't notice that society is unfair and try to change that, and the best way to distract them is to get them to hate and fear one another." -- Noam Chomsky, The Common Good (1998), p. 35.

Initiatives

International

Global

Europe

European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) "More farmers, better food"

European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) / Europäischer Gewerkschaftsbund

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

National

Ireland

United Kingdom

Trade Union Congress (TUC) "Changing the World of Work for Good"

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC)

USA

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) "America's Unions"

Change to Win (CtW) "Strategic Organizing Center"


Resources

English

Deutsch

Documentaries & Video

Glawogger, Michael, 2005, Workingman's Death.