Charter for Innovation, Creativity and Access

Charter for Innovation, Creativity and Access to Knowledge 2.0.1

Citizens’ and artists’ Rights in the Digital Age

Immediate and urgent solutions

(Download Complete Version Charter 2.0.1)

A broad coalition from over 20 countries made of citizens, users, consumers, organizations, artists, hackers, members of the free culture movement, economists, lawyers, teachers, students, researchers, scientists, activists, workers, unemployed people, entrepreneurs, creators…, Continue reading

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Workers and Debt – Caffentzis

http://www.edu-factory.org/edu15/index.php?option=com_content&view =article&id=359

Workers against Debt Slavery and Torture: An Ancient Tale with a Modern Moral

Written by George Caffentzis

Wednesday, 16 June 2010 14:59

by George Caffentzis

(Published in the UE Newspaper, July 2007)

The story of workers’  debt occasionally becomes news in the U.S. when there is, as now, a rash of foreclosures and the eviction of families from their homes. The so-called “negative savings” rate of working people in this country, which is due to high levels of credit card debt, also is also now getting a lot of attention in the media. These problems in the past have often been presented as of passing concern. There is even a tendency to comically dismiss the issues posed by debt as simply arising from a game between “consumerist” workers who can’t help but shop ‘til they drop, and sly greedy lenders who love to rope them into tricky variable-rate mortgages or credit card accounts. Continue reading

From 16 Propositions to 6 Proposals – Waterman

From Sixteen Propositions on Inter/national/ist Labour Net/working to Six Policy-Relevant Proposals

Peter Waterman

2001

    Introduction

The point here is to confront the international mouvement social of the epoch of national/ industrial/colonial capitalism with the ‘relational principle’ proper to the epoch of a globalized, informatised, finance and services capitalism. The labour movement has long taken organizational/institutional form, with the consequent loss of most movement characteristics, these notably including its early internationalism. The newest international mouvement social, the ‘anti-globalisation’, ‘anti-corporate’ or ‘anti-capitalist’ movement has (like the radical-democratic women’s, ecological and related movements) been marked by the network form. The propositions are clearly intended to challenge the traditional union form, and to suggest that the relational principle of networking is the one appropriate to social movements today, particularly in so far as they are concerned with an international/ist challenge and alternative to capitalist globalisation. In so far, however, as it is here suggested that labour has to learn from the newest social movements (and critical/emancipatory theories), the paper also inevitably addresses other international/ist movements as well. In order to stimulate reflection and challenge, this paper takes unconventional form. It has its introduction and argument in endnotes, the main text consisting of the 16 propositions and supporting or challenging quotations, drawn from as many different sources and world areas as possible. Continue reading

Organizing for Defeat – Green

from Labour/ Le Travail no. 62, Fall 2008

Organizing for Defeat: The Relevance and Utility of the Trade Union as a Legitimate Question

Brian Green


The continuity of struggle is easy: the workers need only themselves and the boss in front of them. But the continuity of organization is a rare and complex thing: as soon as it becomes institutionalized it becomes used by capitalism….
Mario Tronti, Lenin in England
THE DECLINE AND RETREAT of the North American labour movement in the past two decades has been a matter of extensive commentary and scholarly and political debate.1 While these discussions have contributed immensely to our understanding of economic restructuring and strategic imperatives for the labour movement’s continued political viability, much of the literature is limited to either a “counting of the dead” or a focus exclusively on the aggressive strategy of capital in the post-Keynesian era. Surprisingly little has been said about unions themselves and the relationship between their organizational consolidation as partners of a once ascendant Keynesian class compromise and their subsequent paralysis in the face of the collapse of that compromise. This paper will attempt to initiate such a discussion by tackling these questions: how did the historical development of the trade union form render it particularly vulnerable to the ravages of capitalist restructuring? And what, then, might this suggest about the future viability of the union as we know it? Continue reading

People’s Agreement of Cochabamba

World People’s Conference on Climate Change

and the Rights of Mother Earth

April 22nd, Cochabamba, Bolivia

PEOPLE’S AGREEMENT

Today, our Mother Earth is wounded and the future of humanity is in danger.

If global warming increases by more than 2 degrees Celsius, a situation that the “Copenhagen Accord” could lead to, there is a 50% probability that the damages caused to our Mother Earth will be completely irreversible. Between 20% and 30% of species would be in danger of disappearing. Large extensions of forest would be affected, droughts and floods would affect different regions of the planet, deserts would expand, and the melting of the polar ice caps and the glaciers in the Andes and Himalayas would worsen. Many island states would disappear, and Africa would suffer an increase in temperature of more than 3 degrees Celsius. Likewise, the production of food would diminish in the world, causing catastrophic impact on the survival of inhabitants from vast regions in the planet, and the number of people in the world suffering from hunger would increase dramatically, a figure that already exceeds 1.02 billion people.The corporations and governments of the so-called “developed” countries, in complicity with a segment of the scientific community, have led us to discuss climate change as a problem limited to the rise in temperature without questioning the cause, which is the capitalist system. Continue reading

Women Workers in China: 1949-2007

1949-2007: Women workers in China

Submitted by Steven. on Jan 18 2010 12:30

Wildcat analyse the situation, role and struggles of women in China from the Cultural Revolution until today. Continue reading

Peter Hall Jones, New Unionism

Interview with Peter Hall-Jones, New Unionism (2009)

Interview: Dan Gallin
Bureaucratism: Labour’s Enemy Within
By Peter Hall-Jones*, for the New Unionism Network (http://www.newunionism.net) 2009

Where does bureaucratism in the union movement come from? More to the point, how can we get rid of it? In an attempt to answer this question we interviewed the outspoken Dan Gallin, current Chair of the Global Labour Institute. Prior to holding this position, Gallin served 29 years as General Secretary of the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant and Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF). He was also President of the International Federation of Workers’ Education Associations (IFWEA) from 1992-2003, and Director of the Organization and Representation Program of Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) from 2000-2002. (more on DG below*). Continue reading