Plan for a Global Industrial Union

The future is global unionism
23 September 2010

Union workers across the globe need to find new innovative ways of working together to match the increasing global power of multinational corporations, AWU
National Secretary, Paul Howes, said at a meeting in Germany this week. Continue reading

International Transport Workers on Sustainability

The ITF 42nd Congress, meeting in Mexico City from 5-12 August 2010:

1. Acknowledging the fact that global warming is already occurring with the 10 hottest years on record having happened since 1990, and the massive danger presented by further climate change to human civilisation;

2. Noting the scientific consensus that global warming is caused by human activities which pump carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere; Continue reading

A New Type of Political Organization? – Rosenfield and Fanelli


A New Type of Political Organization?

The Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly

Herman Rosenfeld and Carlo Fanelli

Socialist Project E-Bulletin No. 400, August 6, 2010

At the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century, the Left around the world is undergoing reformation. As the Great Recession has vividly demonstrated, more than three decades of neoliberal capitalism have eroded many of the significant gains won in the immediate decades following World War II. From wage and benefit concessions to reductions in social services, in an openly anti-union political climate, it is now being demanded that the working class pay for a crisis which it did not create. With the impasse of the anti-globalization and other new social movements that burst onto the scene in the early 2000s, coupled with the inability of many historically progressive unions, trapped in erstwhile social democratic parties, to mobilize their membership base, the Left is in a period of experimentation. Continue reading

Klimaforum 10 Platform

POLITICAL PLATFORM OF KLIMAFORUM 10
Press release # 8
México D. F., July 9, 2010

After several meetings, we have adopted the following Political Platform
of KlimaForum10:

1. THERE IS A CLIMATE CATASTROPHE, NOT CLIMATE CHANGE The weather
patterns of the world are undergoing a rapid and disturbing disruption,
which is increasing in both force and catastrophic impact. This change
could end up being life-threatening for many human communities in coming
years, for the large majority of people in this century. Describing this
process as “climate change”, amounts to distorting reality.
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Charter of Migrants Campaign

Promotion for the drafting of the World Charter of Migrants in Africa

10-17 October 2009
Tuesday 27 October 2009
by Hicham Rachidi
popularity : 100%

The final declaration from the Conference of West African Civil Societies on Migration and Development, which was held in Dakar on 12-14 October, launched an appeal to Euro-African civil society organizations to help promote the drafting of the World Charter of Migrants and to reinforce the efforts of migrants and their organizations.

The Conference provided an opportunity for presenting the World Charter for Migrants initiative to participants from Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Senegal, Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, Cape Verde, Cameroon and Gambia, together with migrants from France, Belgium and Germany.

The meeting in Dakar coincided with the 4th anniversary of the terrible incidents at Ceuta and Melilla in 2005 which ended with the killing of at least 14 migrants simply because they tried to climb over a mesh fence. Morocco’s involvement in “migration flow management” policies has been much criticized.

The participants discussed the consequences of these “migration flow management” policies and the mobilization of considerable resources for implementing such policies, which in Africa have been subjected to takeovers by NGOs working on development projects. Millions of euros are distributed to actors working on solidarity projects, officially to help with “development” in priority countries (AENEAS, Migration-Development), but are in fact used for the organization of campaigns to ‘inform’ and dissuade people from ‘emigrating’.

This leads, on the one hand, to the perversion of development aid and, on the other, to the corruption of civil society representatives who consequently become actors of obstruction, rather than of change. Indeed, civil society representatives in the South are carrying out tasks usually attributed to police officers serving the murderous politicians who have caused and continue to cause terrible tragedies. The participants at the Dakar Conference, aware of the stakes involved, stressed the importance of challenging these policies. The Final Declaration (see appendix to this document) is proof of a sincere commitment to the launch of a massive mobilization of the South to counteract these externalization policies.

The members of the World Charter of Migrants Coordination Team held a number of meetings in order to present the Charter and the drafting process and to establish an African coordination team. Davina Ferrera, Jelloul Ben Hamida and Hicham Rachidi met with migrants living in West Africa, many of whom are committed to international solidarity programmes in various African countries.

A first meeting was held with people who could become members of the World Charter of Migrants African Coordination Team. As people who could take the role of ‘resource members’, they are involved in international militant networks and have taken up the call from the International Coordination Team: Sarah Klingeberg (Italy/Germany/Senegal), Gwenaëlle de Jaquelot (France/Senegal/Mali), Oumo Zé (Belgium/Burkina Faso), Amadou Mbow (Mauritania/Senegal), Oussmane Diarra (Mali/Senegal), Lamine Niass (Senegal/Mauritania), Hicham Rachidi (Morocco/France), Davina Ferrera (Algeria/Spain/France), and Jelloul Ben Hamida (Tunisia/France).

A second meeting was held with Sedikki Daff, an activist working with the Alliance for a New Governance in Africa and also with migrants in shantytowns in the Dakar area (2,000,000 inhabitants). He told us of his concerns about the associative, or ‘alternative’, approach in Senegal (see the first part of this report). Mr Sedikki’s concerns were echoed by Liamine Niass who works with the collective of traditional fishermen and who, despite his efforts in Senegal, is systematically excluded by the ‘cartel’ that controls the associative networks in Senegal.

These two activists reassured us that they are prepared to participate in promoting and supporting the World Charter of Migrants campaign in Africa.

from: http://www.cmmigrants.org/spip.php?article46

A visit to the Island of Gorée and proposed meeting of the World Coordination Team in 2011 in this symbolic site, in order to continue the coordination work on existing proposals Continue reading

ITUC and Climate Change – Salleh and Waterman

The International Unions and Climate Change:

‘Historic Resolution’ or ‘Magical Thinking’?

Introduction

My impression of the International Trade Union Confederation’s 2nd Congress (Vancouver, June, 2010) was that its procedures and resolutions showed it still to be locked into the second half of the 20th century. Continue reading

De-Growth Declaration – Barcelona 2010

Second International Conference
on Economic Degrowth for Ecological
Sustainability and Social Equity,

26-29 March 2010, Barcelona

www.degrowth.eu

Degrowth Declaration Barcelona 2010

In the midst of an international crisis more than four hundred researchers, practitioners and civil
society members from forty countries gathered in Barcelona in March 2010 for the Second
International Conference on Degrowth. The Declaration of the First International Conference in Paris
in 2008 noted the looming multidimensional crisis, which was not just financial, but also economic,
social, cultural, energetic, political and ecological. The crisis is a result of the failure of an economic
model based on growth. Continue reading