NEEDED: A GLOBAL LABOUR CHARTER MOVEMENT – P. Waterman | Netzwerk IT

Via Scoop.itMapping Social Network Unionism Worldwide

[T]he material basis for international working-class solidarity is greater than at any point since the development of capitalism. Nevertheless, the existence of a material basis does not ensure success. Movement from the general recognition that international solidarity is a good to its realisation will require changes in ideological orientations as well as practical programmatic steps.[…]To bring social justice unionism into existence, we must change not only the leadership of existing organised labour but also the relationship between the existing trade union movement and other progressive social forces.(Bill Fletcher Jr and Fernando Gapasin 2008)   Like any movement under attack, labour generally resists as disloyal critical thinking that challenges established tenets and practices. But today that won’t do. Now more than ever we need a free and open debate about the future of labour, a debate that respects a full range of opinions and perspectives. Launching such a debate would be a good first step in labour’s revival.(Global Labour Strategies 2008)  
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