Workers from Tartan House, the kilt and souvenir company that owns about twenty shops only between Edinburgh and Glasgow, report unacceptable working conditions that the management doesn’t seem to be willing to fix. They have begun organising with the trade union Clydeside Industrial Workers of the World to improve conditions.Read More Workers report appalling working conditions
[This interview was conducted in the course of Panos Theodoropoulos’s PhD research into unions, migrant workers and labour struggles in the UK. We are releasing it because we consider that this text holds some ideas which can be useful contributions in the ongoing debates around issues such as organizing, trade unions, migrant workers, and wider […]Read More Migrant Workers, Trade Unions and Solidarity: A Conversation with the Angry Workers of the World.
We need to highlight the common sources of the plight of both British and migrant workers, and foreground the objectives of solidarity, community power, and the overthrow of this economic system as such. It is contradictory to argue against this system while at the same time proclaiming that migrant workers are welcome precisely because of the role they serve within it.Read More The Thief and the Cash Cow: Twins from a union of enemies
Migrant workers are one of the few sectors of society largely ‘uncontaminated’ and ‘un-incorporated’; outside the scope of hegemony, since hegemony is largely based on our Otherness, we are currently being denied even the possibility of a limited ‘acceptance’. This position therefore affords migrants the potential of acting as an important revolutionary subject.Read More The Crack in the Edifice: Modern Capitalism, Migrant Workers and Social Movements
In introducing and utilising a conceptual split between “now” and “back then”, movements and writers ignore the underlying structural and cultural forces that fuelled recent developments and myopically scramble for a “change” which is essentially nothing but a regression.Read More The Left Politics of Nostalgia: Against Romanticizing the Past, Towards Fighting for Revolution