The history of international labor solidarity
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The world economic struggle of the working
- Dutch and Belgian unions call boycott of Nigerian
oil. US oil workers put on alert
- ICEM Update, 26 November 1997. The calls are part of
a worldwide campaign by the International Federation of Chemical,
Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM) to secure the
release of Nigerian oil workers' leaders Milton Dabibi and Frank
Kokori, held without charge or trial by the Nigerian military
- Australia union warns of international UAE
- Reuters, 11 December 1997. International unions could boycott
the United Arab Emirates (UAE) port of Dubai over the training
of Australian soldiers to work as scabs on Australian docks,
Australia's maritime trade union (MUA) said on Thursday.
- Unions push for transnational alliances
- By Farhan Haq, IPS, 23 March 1998. Unionists gathered for a
Socialist Scholars Conference at the Borough of Manhattan Community
College agreed that alliances such as that among the world's
pilots are likely to become more common as workers face an
increasingly globalised business world.
- International unionism challenges the global
economy on the docks
- Radio commentary by David Bacon, 31 December 1998. In 1998,
workers made some new efforts to respond to the growing
cooperation among transnational corporations. In 1998, the
front line in this global battle was on the docks.
- It's time to end the cold war in world labor
- By Scott Marshall, 19 April 2000. The 17th Congress of the
International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) is
a good time for the left in labor to consider where world labor
is headed in the era of globalization. World labor has to shake
off the remnants of cold war thinking and alignments. The ICFTU
has emerged as the largest post cold war labor center, but still
excludes, on ideological grounds, any real work with the World
Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU).
- May Day: Making Internationalism A Reality
- By Bill Fletcher, Jr.,
1 May 2000. A recent congress of the ICFTU in Durban, South Africa
shows there is something very different emerging on the
world stage. The ICFTU was created at the beginning
of the Cold War to fight the influence of communists and radicals.
But things have changed. Due to globalization the ICFTU has
been pushed into a new role. Union members in most countries
find themselves facing the same or similar opponents and
certainly facing the same ideological arguments.
- The Second Coming of Proletarian Internationalism?
A Review of Recent Resources
- By Peter Waterman, 2000. A review of seven documents suggests a revival
of labor internationalism and of left reflection on such. Some of
the items have their feet (sometimes their heads also) in a past
world of nation states and of a nationally-based industrial and
imperial capitalism. Others attempt to confront the brave new
globalised world of informatised and networked capitalism. Author
argues the revival today can only be as part of a more general global
solidarity movement. (109Kb)
- Seychelles, Cuban Unions Forge Links
- Panafrican News Agency (Dakar), 2 March 2001. The Seychelles
Federation of Workers' Union (SFWU) plans to establish relations
with Cuba Federation of Workers' Union (CFWU). SFWU would benefit
in areas of exchange of visits and collaboration and sharing of
experience in common workers' issues, such as occupational safety
and health in working places and the issue of globalisation.