World Revolutionary Forum: Towards WorldWideWave of Actions in 2014 (#www)

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Hosted by GNUnion – One Big Meshwork for All the Working People

Again, 2014 will be full of struggles, actions and mobilisations for a real global change. This Mumble call will be about starting a new series of forums and assemblies that are open to all individuals who will able to make independent efforts from any corporate, state and NGO funded agenda and; who could be exactly themselves when changing the world, when getting together, discussing and collaborating with others; either as a part of a collective, group, network or individually, and by using either online, or face to face means, or both.

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P2PValue Project: Techno-social platform for sustainable models and value generation in commons-based peer production in the Future Internet

Commons-based peer production (CBPP) is a new and increasingly significant model of social innovation based on collaborative production by citizens through the Internet.

This project will foster the CBPP phenomenon by providing a techno-social software platform specifically designed to facilitate the creation of resilient and sustainable CBPP communities.

The design of the P2Pvalue platform will be empirically and experimentally grounded. Through a triangulation of qualitative and quantitative methods, we will elaborate guidelines for the institutional and technical features that favour value creation in CBPP.

The project focuses on three key areas of improvement over current platforms:

  • Enhancing community sustainability by adopting the governance, legal, economic, and technical infrastructures that favour value creation and resilience;
  • Supporting the contributors with systems of reward that allow value to flow back to the creators;
  • Integrating the functionalities of online social networking services and collaborative software in a privacy-aware platform based on a decentralised architecture.

Fight austerity and free trade! Blockade the EU Summit! #TTIP #D1920 #occupybrussels #occupyEU #blockupy #EuroCrisis

06 December 2013

Location: Brussels Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 – 18:00 to Thursday, December 19, 2013

Join citizens, farmers, NGOs and trade unions from across Belgium to fight back against the EU’s destructive austerity policies and its attempt to give corporations the keys to Europe through a new EU-US free trade deal: ****BLOCKADE THE EU SUMMIT – 19 DEC 2013!****

The day of action is organised by the D19-20 Alliance, and is part of two days aimed at fighting the EU’s ultra-neoliberal austerity policies and for democracy, food sovereignty and the future of the planet. 18th December

– Meeting Against Austerity Representatives from different sectors of European society will be speaking about how the impacts of ultra neoliberal austerity policies are felt on a daily basis. 18:00 – Bvd Roi Albert II, 5, 1210 Brussels 19th December –

Blockade of the European Summit From 7am on December 19, strategically picked cross-roads will be blockaded to prevent our so-called leaders reaching the European Summit and push on with their damaging neoliberal agenda. More details will be announced in the following days, but until then, spread the word, tell your friends, colleagues and families, get your organisation to sign-up, put up posters, print out flyers, book the day off work!

 

GNUnion (Global Networked Labour Union) One Big Meshwork of Workers, Hackers, Farmers, Artists, Makers and Opressed Peoples of the World

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Global Networked Labour Union, GNUnion – One Big Mesh Network, is the released 1.0 Beta version of new generation, free to join, borderless worker self-organisation, a work in progress. Its main ispiration is the history, struggle and experiences of Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) on the one hand, and free-libre, and open source software GNU/Linux, on the other.

GNUnion is also inspired by comrades standing against global capitalism in women, Lgbt,  immigrant, environmental and social justice movements, Zapatistas, anti & alter golobalisation movements, social forums, free knowledge- information and culture movements; as part of organisations like WikilLeaks, Caos Computer Club, MayFirst People Link, or of recent wave of digital and real world uprisings Anonymous, 15M, Occupy, Gezi and others.

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Networked Labour | Networking and collaboration toolkit that we use

imece imageNetworked Labour was an outcome of an international seminar held in Amsterdam between 7-9 May 2013. The seminar was initially supported by Networked Politicstransform! europeTransnational Institute and IGOPNET (Institut de Govern the Polítiques Públiques).

At the end of the seminar several ideas have emerged one of which was to improve this web space and try to transform it into a transnational and distributed network space, through which all of us could build new ties and expand our nets of collaboration.

WHY, HOW AND WHERE YOU CAN JOIN  

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GLOBAL UPRISINGS / Event De Balie Amsterdam

GlobalUprisingsThis three-day event will bring together activists, journalists and scholars from the front-lines of the popular uprisings unfolding around the world.

GLOBAL UPRISINGS

The Stories, Ideas and Future of Uprisings around the World

FREE ENTRY, LIMITED CAPACITY

Reserve Tickets Online at http://www.debalie.nl/agenda/global-uprisings/

De Balie, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
November 15-17, 2013

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Reclaiming our commons, ‘free trade’ and trade union strategy under neo-liberalism

Thursday 17 October 2013, 3.00 – 6.30 p.m. European Parliament Brussels room 1G2

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Welcome by Gabi Zimmer MEP (GUE/NGL President) and Horst Schmitthenner (FSE)

3.30 – 5.00 p.m.

The struggle to bring our commons under democratic control: Recommunalisation in Europe

– Presentation of a study on recommunalisation in Europe by David Hall, PSIRU
– Presentation of concrete experiences from:
– Gerlinde Schermer, the “Watertable”, Berlin, Germany
– Jean-Claude Oliva, Coordination Eau Ile-de-France
– Frank Boye, Garbage collectors Branch, 3F Kastrup, Copenhagen, Denmark

– Thomas Händel (MEP, GUE/NGL) will introduce the state of work in the European Parliament with the EU Concessions Directive

5.00 – 6.30 p.m.

Who will really benefit from ‘free trade’ across the Atlantic?
– Consequences of an EU/USA trade and investment agreement (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – TTIP)

– Introduction by Helmut Scholz (MEP, GUE/NGL) with special focus on the consequences for trade unions and workers (social dumping).
– Analysis by Bruno Ciccaglione, S2B Network.
– A view from Celeste Drake, Trade & Globalization Policy Specialist, AFL-CIO.

Friday 18 October 2013, 9.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Report on the Alter Summit in Athens on 7-8 June 2013 and follow up

Felipe van Keirsbilck, General Secretary, CNE, Belgium

Report on actual trade union disputes

Tim Lubecki, NGG Legoland, Germany

Trade union struggle under neo-liberalism
– How to organize and mobilise workers to fight back against the on-going onslaught on workers and trade unions

Report from Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers’ Union in the UK by General Secretary Bob Crow on their strategies and perspectives.
Basque experiences by Adolfo Muñoz, General Secretary of ELA.
Croatian experiences by Mario Iveković, President of the New Union (Novi sindikat)

Worker to Worker self-training module by NetwOrganisation

Worker to worker transnational exchange at the shop-floor level :  Social media and online networking guide for shop stewards and union activists

MODULE I – prepared for and by the support of TIE-Netherlands 

  • Introduction
  • Stronger ties with online networking
  • Tools for cybermeetings and webinars
  • Bottom up publishing & sharing
  • Translation and interpretation
  • Participation/Openness/Security
  • An Example
Download the pdf version in Dutch here: Eindversie_Brochure_Social-Media_TIE_NL-1.pdf

Seminar Report: Networking for the Emancipation of Labour by Örsan Şenalp

Supported by transform! europe, Transnational Institute, Networked Politics and IGOPNet, an international seminar on Networked Labour was held in Amsterdam from 7 to 9 May.

Around 25 activists, practitioners, researchers and theorists from various networks , organisations and backgrounds came together to contribute to the on-going debates on the changing nature of the capitalist modes of production, linking it to emerging new social forces and political actors.

The program of the seminar was constructed in an open sourced way. The ‘code’ draft program was designed and shared online prior to the event. According to it, the focus was the impact of internet and telecommunication on production modes, work organisation, and political protest and organisation.

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Labour as a Common-Pool Resource by Tom Walker

Group logo of Stream 2: Working and CaringTo better explain what it means to regard labour power as a common-pool resource, it is helpful to first take a step backward to the more conventional notion that labour is a commodity, the price of which “rises and falls according to the demand.” as Edmund Burke claimed over two centuries ago.

Midway between that assertion and the concept of labour power as a common-pool resource is the refutation that labour is not a commodity. That negative claim was officially endorsed in Section 6 of the U.S. Clayton Antitrust Act. Hailed by American Federation of Labor president Samuel Gompers as a “Charter of Industrial Freedom,” Section 6 proclaimed that “the labor of a human being is not a commodity or article of commerce.” Nearly identical wording was incorporated into the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 as a guiding principle for the establishment of the International Labour Organization and reaffirmed as a first principle of the I.L.O. in 1944.

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IS WORKING IN NON-PROFITS REALLY ABOUT MAKING CHANGE? | #OWS

by Rebecca Manski

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This is the second in a series of articles on Money and Movements. The first half of this article addresses some of the challenges of resource allocation and financial compensation in movement contexts. The second half of the piece aims to be solutionary.

“These are the kids that did everything right,” Professor Stephanie Luce told the New York Timeslast month. “They went to school, they graduated and then they faced this very problematic labor market.” Luce was referring to participants in Occupy Wall Street, based on a study conducted on May Day, by the Joseph A. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. Nearly a third of those surveyed on May Day had been laid off or lost a job, and so—given the large numbers of employed union workers one is likely to find at a May Day march—we can imagine that the true numbers of unemployed and underemployed everyday participants in Occupy Wall Street were probably much higher.

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Networked solidarity? An open workshop during the WSF in Tunis on the interactions between labour, NGOs, political groups and the squares

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Public Group on Global Square website to prepare the workshop

General objective of the workshop is to evaluate the recent experiences of networking and solidarity between, on the one hand, the horizontal square movements, free information movements, student movements, indigenous movements and so on, and on the other more vertical political groups and institutions like progressive unions, NGOs and civil society organisations.

We would like to pay particular attention on the new experiences of solidarity that has put forward an emancipatory vision instead of or together with a vision of positive changes within the existing system. Important examples were Spanish, Greek, UK, and 14N general strikes in Europe, Oakland, West Coast, May 1st general strikes and Walmart strikes where students, artists, hackers, IWW or other unions’ members, Occupy activists have closely collaborated. These are only several among many interactions happening between rank and file labour activists, community and union organisers and activists from new horizontal grass-roots movements in recent years. Besides there have been many factory, work place, hospital, university, public space occupations we need to learn from.

HomeThere is a significant knowledge created through such experiences that is essential for our walk to dignity, in order to see possibilities for alliances that could harmonise many struggles to create better worlds. We would like to contribute to the on-going exchanges by opening this space during the World Social Forum in Tunis, where various activists from different generations, regions and movements will meet each other

Madrid Joins in and Calls for a European week of mobilization (11-17 March 2013): EUROPE FOR THE PEOPLE, NOT FOR THE MARKETPLACE

MANIFESTO – EUROPE FOR THE PEOPLE, NOT FOR THE MARKETPLACE

in Spanish

We stand in defence of a Europe that sets fundamental rights above the interests of the marketplace. We stand for a new model created by citizens through a process of direct democracy, placing the emphasis on people’s real interests. Replacing competitiveness with cooperation, individualism with mutual support, oppression and paternalism with equality, putting the stress on people’s sovereignty. A People’s Europe opposed to the mechanisms of selfishness and economic savagery.

We struggle for liberty against the tyranny of false democracies, against an economic system which only fosters social inequality and injustice. Despite statements to the contrary, the European Union is not a social project. Its main objective is to increase the competitiveness of its larger banks and companies on the world market, and thereby enhance profits. Maximising capitalist profit is valued way above any social or ecological values. For this reason there are currently 15000 lobbyists in Brussels, top banking executives move freely between important government posts and high profile financial bodies like the IMF or the ECB. And likewise prime ministers and ministers wind themselves top jobs on the board of directors of large banks and multinationals.

European and national policy are designed by the Council of Europe and the Troika, made up of non-democratic institutions (European Commission, European Central Bank and the IMF). Treaties and pacts are signed by the different heads of state without any popular referendum. Treaties like Maastricht and Lisbon, the Euro pact, the fiscal pact or ESM…are agreements directly responsible for the Labour Reform, cuts in public services, privatisation of  public companies and services, increased tax burden of the working and middle classes, bailout of banks with public funds, priority in payment of national debt over social expenditure, the loss of state sovereignty in favour of the Troika.

We do not want a Europe that oppresses people and exploits environmental resources for the benefit of the few; that controls people through distortion of the truth in the media, and via police repression; and through free trade treaties, so called cooperation aid and military intervention, boosters dictatorships, apartheid, and occupied territories, clearing the way for multinationals to exploit local populations and their natural resources. We do not want a Europe legitimized by governments who clearly ignore the people, the very basis of democracy.

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Transnational Labour Solidarity in times of Globalisation? by Andreas Bieler

The increasing transnationalisation of production and informalisation of labour relations has undermined the traditional power resources of national labour movements (see Bieler, Lindberg and Sauerborn 2010). And yet, globalisation has not left workers without weapons. In his book Solidarity Transformed: Labor Responses to Globalization and Crisis in Latin America (Cornell University Press, 2011) Mark Anner investigates how labour movements in Latin America have developed new power resources. In this blog post, I will provide a critical appraisal of this remarkable book and add some theoretical considerations on how to conceptualise trade unions’ agency within the changing structures of globalisation. 

One of labour’s most crucial and historic dilemmas has been whether to engage capital narrowly as a group of employees or more broadly as a social class. This dilemma is particularly salient in debates between national and international strategies. Within the heart of labor beat the conflicting forces or parochialism and nationalism, class solidarity and internationalism’ (P.166).

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Aaron’s Murder by 1% is to Trigger the Global Intifada

Tarek al-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi (29 March 1984 – 4 January 2011; Arabic: محمد البوعزيزي‎) was a Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire on 17 December 2010, in protest of the confiscation of his wares and the harassment and humiliation that he reported was inflicted on him by a municipal official and her aides. His act became a catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution[2] and the wider Arab Spring, inciting demonstrations and riots throughout Tunisia in protest of social and political issues in the country. The public’s anger and violence intensified following Bouazizi’s death, leading then-President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to step down on 14 January 2011, after 23 years in power.

Aaron H. Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, writer, archivist, political organizer, and Internet activist.

Swartz was a member of the RSS-DEV Working Group that co-authored the “RSS 1.0” specification of RSS,[2] and built the website framework web.py and the architecture for the Open Library. He also built Infogami, a company that merged with Reddit in its early days, through which he became an equal owner of the merged company.[i] Swartz also focused on sociology, civic awareness and activism. In 2010 he was a member of the Harvard University Center for Ethics. He cofounded the online group Demand Progress (known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act) and later worked with U.S. and international activist groups Rootstrikers and Avaaz.

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Netwar 2.0: the convergence of streets and networks

by GIORGIO GRIZIOTTIDARIO LOVAGLIO, and TIZIANA TERRANOVA 23 February 2012

To the extent to which we are not witnessing a clash between two capitalisms but a process of reconfiguration realized through the hegemony of finance, information and circulation, the only way to change the current situation is through the autonomous organization of the multitude’s living labour in the streets and on the net.

About one year ago, the world attention turned to the nascent powers of expression and action of networked multitudes first in the Wikileaks battle and, subsequently, in the Arab revolutions and the social movements 15M and Occupy. After this revelatory year, dense with threats and promises from a completely new global movement, global governance – painfully aware of the great threat that such autonomous horizontal communication poses to its control – is vigorously attacking digital freedoms.

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Walmart Empire Clashes With China | Truthout via Michael Morgan

Typically when we hear “WalMart” and “China” in the same sentence, we picture the “made in” labels on our toys, gadgets, and the other mass-produced stuff that we grab off the shelves at low, low prices. But WalMart’s vast retail empire has a whole other wing in the Middle Kingdom. As the brand has expanded aggressively into the coveted China market, it has engendered a new wave of Chinese shoppers–and legions of workers to serve them. The rise of a Westernized consumer culture has also generated familiar tensions around labor, inequality and workplace rights.

Just in time, too: As demonstrations have mushroomed at WalMart stores and warehouses nationwide, a disgruntled WalMart employee has led a small uprising in the coastal boomtown of Shenzhen. His agitating and organizing work has been bolstered by a partnership with SACOM, a Hong Kong-based labor rights organization that has previously taken on the notorious Apple manufacturer Foxconn.

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The Making of a Cybertariat: Virtual Work in a Real World

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The Making of a CybertariatThe workplace has been changed in recent decades by the rise of digital technologies. Parts of a single labor process can be moved around the world, with implications not only for individual workplaces or firms, but for the working class as a whole. Computer operators in India process medical transcriptions for doctors in the United States at one-eighth of what U.S. computer operators would earn, and at four times the salary of an Indian schoolteacher.Within advanced capitalist countries, the workplace has been made more “flexible” through cellphones, e-mail, freelancing, and outsourcing. The same process often makes the situation of the worker more precarious, as they are forced to pay for the tools of their trade, made constantly accessible to the demands of the workplace, and isolated from their fellow-workers.

Huws’ Making of a Cybertariat examines this process from a number of perspectives. It focuses especially on women in the workplace and at home. It examines changing categories of employment, and modes of organization. It shows how new divisions of race and gender are created in the process, and sets out an agenda for negotiating them. It explores the ways in which traditional forms of organization are being reshaped, and questions how the emerging cybertariat can become conscious of their common interests and stand together to struggle for them.

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