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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 2000

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 sections.
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 programs.
World Federation of Trade Unions - 14th Congress: International solidarity
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 of Communism"

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 it.
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 working-class movement.
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

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 struggle today.
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.