Tips for Radicals

Aiming to be a "blog of the gaps" to cover things that other radical blogs often miss — what we want, our journey there, and issues along the way.

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"if you don't have a strategy, you're part of someone else's strategy."
– a. toffler

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– Paulo Freire

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VICTORY!!!! ARAMARK, the catering company at the University of London, has announced that it will offer improved holidays and sick pay to employees at the University, to bring them in line with the terms and conditions recently offered to cleaners, porters, and security. This means that within the next couple months, there will no longer be any outsourced workers at the University of London on statutory sick pay or holidays!! HASTA LA VICTORIA!

3Cosas Campaign at the University of London: Sick Pay, Holidays, Pensions

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).

For an individual, the simple act of soothing your own conscience is easy enough. Take leave, call in sick, use flexi time or time off in lieu. If none of these is an option, resign temporarily from your union and take advantage of the fact that workers not in a union are covered by the same protections as those in the union which has balloted under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

However, while it is good that individuals refuse to break strikes or cross picket lines, this in itself isn’t enough. It is essentially an individualistic act and doesn’t answer the question: how do we collectively challenge the practice of union scabbing and push against the restrictions of our anti-strike laws?




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.

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The IWW is pretty awesome, but to be honest, I think everything about them is pretty dated

i think solidarity unionism is an important part of the revolutionary process tho fur sher

Unionism is vital to a revolution in the industrialized word, absolutely, but the modern world is a lot different than it was in the early 20th century.

To be honest, I haven’t read deeply into the IWWs modern policies, but from what I understand, they’re just refined forms of what they promoted in the 1920s.

Do they even discuss revolutions in the Third World?  And the idea of One Big Union is an almost silly concept in hindsight.  And if not silly, it seems rather bourgeois in itself.

The purpose of unions in bourgeois society is collective workers resistance to capitalist oppression.  The bigger the union is, the more capable they are of resisting the whim of the capitalist class.  But if there are no capitalists, then why do we need a One Big Union to represent the workers?

How would One Big Union be in any way better than a congress of independent labor unions?

yeah i feel the same way about the socialist/labor parties like SWP in being outdated and only relevant in the first world too

the only reason solidarity unionism is not as relevant today is literally because labor unions today are controlled by the capitalist class, and i think you have kind of have a misconception about the “one big union” idea, IWW focuses on autonomy and *solidarity*. one big union is of course not possible but the idea is that anyone can be part of it— its a global support network. i think the problem with things like IWW and other radical leftist networks/organizations is that because they are products of the first world there is that disconnect but yeah idk its hard to think of global revolution w/o it being in the context of first world concepts anyway. they dont have a lot of resources these days, but it would be cool to see IWW chapters in industrialized third world nations but the fact that the IWW isnt there or that perhaps they “dont talk about 3rd world revolution” doesnt have a lot to do with why they continue to be important for global revolution imo

what I think is odder is the insinuation that all organisations should want to have branches or space or whatever in the Majority World - surely it’d be shittier of the IWW to assume that “Wobblies will solve all” and try the one-size-fits-all approach of IWW branches everywhere for social revolution?

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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…

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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!

Police open fire on striking South African miners

The unrest at the Lonmin mine began on August 10, as some 3,000 workers walked off the job over pay in what management described as an illegal strike.

Those who tried to go to work on Saturday were attacked, management and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said.

On Sunday, the rage became deadly as a crowd killed two security guards by setting their car ablaze, authorities said.

By Monday, angry mobs killed two other workers and overpowered police, killing two officers, officials said.

Officers opened fire that day, killing three others, police said.

The protest and ensuing violence, which began a week ago, have killed at least 10 people there, including two police officers.

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An article how Americans can learn liberation from Brazil’s struggles.

The main points are: widespread unionisation across all sectors (even banking); existence of a decent political party that cares about justice; global solidarity to support workers’ struggles in other countries, to keep living standards high for all.

Their way led to a diversion of revenue to welfare and a sense of morals in at least parts of the financial sector. I know tactics can’t be universalised, but still, quite a good insight.

Great piece from Occupy Theory that goes over the history of the Canadian student movement, a bit of a look into who makes it up, and its relation to Occupy - you can’t have anything nowadays without your relationship to Occupy being brought up!