"if you don't have a strategy, you're part of someone else's strategy."
– a. toffler
"What can we do today, so that tomorrow we can do what we are unable to do today?"
– Paulo Freire
Direct action gets the goods, again! Love it when a campaign wins… check out their Facebook page to see recent actions they’ve taken (largely strikes with a well-funded strike fund).
We should recognize that some improvements, even hard-fought ones, can result in more stable versions of capitalism. Being aware of this can help us plan for what comes after a short-term victory. We especially need to make connections between our fights for improvements now and the fight to end capitalism. This means we must never really settle for any improvements. We don’t simply want a better life under capitalism, because “a fair day’s wages” is still unfair. We must always point this out and educate ourselves and each other about the ways capitalism limits working class people’s lives. We must also recognize that there is a ceiling on how much things can improve in a capitalist society.
A leaflet compiled by members of the Solidarity Federation to share with workers in struggle - making the case for workers’ self-organisation with practical examples from recent disputes. Download a print-ready pdf here.
Recent years have seen promising signs of a working class fightback, after decades of attacks on working class living standards.
But it is still early days. What can we learn from recent struggles? How can we turn isolated victories into a class-wide fightback to improve our working and living conditions, and resist the further cuts that have been promised in the next few years? We can start to answer these questions by studying the lessons of recent workers’ struggles in the UK…
Great pamphlet by SolFed cataloguing recent UK workers’ struggles, their outcomes, and their shortfalls.
Self-organisation and direct action now, workers’ control as the vision!