History of the WFTU
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- WFTU urges IMF, World Bank and G-7 countries to draw
appropriate lessons from memorandum of Mexian parliamentarians for and
end to imposition of neoliberal economic policies
- WFTU Press Release, 19 January 1996. Example of the kind of
activities in which the WFTU engages.
The XIV Congress of the World Federation of Trade Unions, New Delhi, March
- In the new millenium: XIV Congress of the World
Federation of Trade Unions; Workers arising in struggle; Challenges and
hopes for the future
- By Valentin Pacho, General Secretary Adjunct, World Federation of
Trade Unions, 2 March 2000. Manifests the militant determination
of the working class at the beginning of the millenium that it
will seize control of its own destiny.
- History of the WFTU
- Document apparently from the WFTU's Congress in New Delhi, March
2000. WFTU origins, its history, its present aims and method.
- Alive and Kicking
- By Stan Sharkey, Workers Online, 5 May 2000. Regarding
the WFTU New Delhi Congress, March 2000. Reflects the more positive
view of the WFTU found in organized labor, in contrast to the
negative academic (petit bourgeois) positions taken in the following
- WTO anti-worker, says trade union congress
- The Hindu, 29 March 2000. A mainstream Indian paper
reports on the WFTU congress. The congress decried liberalisation
and the WTO for their adverse impact on the rights and interest of
labor, and the Indian delegation calls for a country-wide strike
for May 11 to protest these "anti-worker" policies and
- World Federation of Trade Unions - 14th Congress:
- The Guardian (Australia), 12 April 2000. An Australian
communist perspective on the New Delhi Congress, also reflecting
a more positive assessment typical of some unionists in contrast to the
academic treatments below.
Peter Waterman, "A Spectre is Haunting Labour Internationalism, The Spectre
- A Spectre is Haunting Labour Internationalism,
The Spectre of Communism
- By Peter Waterman, 20 April 2000. An ex-communist and long-time
worker for the WFTU seeks to justify his break with communism
and the WFTU by distinguishing between working-class
internationalism and communism.
- Initial reactions to Peter Waterman
- Bob Rosen curtly dismissses Waterman's essay, which he feels
is only a fossil of the Cold War. Kim Scipes disagrees by
arguing that the WFTU was problematic from the beginning.
- Comment on A spectre is
haunting labour internationalism, The spectre of communism
- By Haines Brown, 27 February 2001. Haines Brown attempts at length
to define working class struggle in such a way that transcends
the categories implied by Waterman's essay and the reactions to
- Waterman on WFTU, 2001
- By Peter Waterman, 28 February 2001. A partial reply to Haines
Brown in which Waterman rejects Brown's inference that he in
effect resigns himself to the defeat of the international
- Waterman on WFTU, 2001
- By Leo Casey, 28 February 2001. A set of propositions that support
Waterman's separation from the communist movement. The propositions
generally follow the Cold War capitalists' judgement of communism.
- Waterman on WFTU, 2001 (a reply to Leo Casey)
- By Haines Brown, 28 February 2001. Because Casey simply to assert a
set of propositions regarding the communist movement, Haines
Brown felt it necessary to look at them critically.
The WFTU - An academic debate, March 2001
- The WFTU
- A document apparently from the New Delhi congress, 2000, that
describes the character and purpose of the WFTU.
- Exchanges regarding the WFTU documents
- 28 February - 1 March 2001. An exchange on the Labor-L regarding
the document. Mostly a set of propositions by Leo Casey insisting
that communism and the WFTU was a failure. Charles Brown challenges
the validity of these propositions.
- Re: Epitaphs for WFTU and Communism
- By Haines Brown, 1 March 2001. Haines Brown takes his turn to
challenge Casey's propositions by suggesting they are largely of
academic concern and questioning their relevance to working-class
- The Real World and the Virtual WFTU
- By Peter Waterman, 1 March 2001. Briefly offers his own position
on the WFTU, that it is a fossil.
- Re: WFTU exists
- By Peter Waterman, 1 March 2001. Adds documentary material not
part of the original and reflects negatively upon it.