The IWW is a revolutionary global union, fighting for better conditions today and economic democracy tomorrow. By training their members in powerful organising methods, direct-action and direct-democracy, they put power in the hands of workers.

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Everything below are resources provided by IWW:

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Centring black struggle in our organising

The horrific murders of black people by state agents in the US regularly make international headlines but we are now seeing the largest protests regarding this fact since possibly the civil rights movement. The state has answered with further violence and repression, putting a population already threatened by racialised poverty & the pandemic in obscene levels of danger.

Working in social care during the Covid-19 pandemic

The 2 metre social distancing instructions are clearly not appropriate in social care setting and there is no way that workers can adhere to them. Social care is an essential service and there is exemption for workers in social care who need to carry out personal care or in any other way get closer to service users than is being advised as safe by health professionals.

Whole worker organising in a time of crisis

For too many of us, it has taken being stuck in our homes 23 hours a day to get to know our neighbours. Mutual aid groups sprung up as soon as the lockdown was announced, providing virtual spaces where we could offer and ask for help from people who live in our neighbourhoods. People on my street have had food and medical supplies dropped off, bikes have been loaned to key workers, and cats have taken to the vet for life-saving surgeries. It’s a shame that it took a pandemic, but better late than never.

Tech workers rise up!

WHO ARE WE?
The IWW is a revolutionary union which aims to organise across industries, and along the chain of supply, emphasising solidarity and self organising among the working class. The union is run by its members, with no paid officials, thus ensuring control and direction at grass roots level, and avoiding ‘compromise’ or ‘accommodation’ which sells workers out.

The Technology Workers Organizing Committee (TWOC) is straightforward. It is a group of IWW members whose work is centred in the technology industry in one way or another. We are seeking to build a broad solidarity network and industrial union that wants to take on the biggest menace to the modern workers and society at large – large multinational technology companies who use their tools and influence to terrorise all workers in all industries.

History of the IWW

The IWW has a very rich and colorful history (with as many cultural traditions as we have political contributions to the class struggle) and we continue to have a vibrant organization and culture today.
Here we explain and clarify our current positions and historical traditions:
https://archive.iww.org/history/

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Talking Shop podcast: Covid and Care Work

WHO CARES FOR THE CARERS? WELL, IT JUST TURNS OUT IT’S OTHER CARERS
Care work has, for decades, been an undervalued and under-appreciated industry in the UK. Subject to a creeping wave of privatisation and outsourcing it is now largely provided by a complex patchwork of under-regulated and often outright parasitic companies who seek to drive up revenues and drive down costs by attacking workers’ pay and conditions. The result is that the majority of care workers share a common experience of poverty wages, long and unsociable hours, precarious conditions, lack of safety equipment and adequate training. These are issues that we have discussed previously in New Syndicalist – here and here – where workers disclosed the often nightmarish scenarios themselves and their clients were forced to accept as “part of the job”.

The Covid pandemic has shone a spotlight on these same conditions which have had absolutely devastating and deadly consequences for the vulnerable people who depend upon these services as well as the people who support them.

Gaby and Andy from our Editorial Team took this opportunity to talk to Gemma – a care worker, member of UNISON and organiser for the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) – about how Covid has impacted her work, what her colleagues are doing to support each other during this crisis and what she sees as priority areas for organising in the industry for the future.


Material Girls podcast: The Family

On this episode of Material Girls, we take a look at the nuclear family from an anti capitalist feminist perspective.

So many of us grow up in nuclear families, and raise our own children in them, that it’s easy to think that we always organised our lives this way. In reality, the origins of the family are closely tied to the development of capitalism – the nuclear family is an efficient unit for producing and reproducing the workforce. This unit requires a high degree of social control and oppression to function. As a result, women are far more likely to be raped or abused by members of their own family than by a stranger. On a day to day basis, women take on a disproportionate amount of the domestic labour involved in family-making. It’s no surprise, then, that marriage improves mens’ life expectancy, and diminishes womens’.

We want a world with more love, more care, and more bonds, where we don’t have to stay with a partner because we can’t afford to live alone or with friends. In that case, what options do we have? We discuss ways we could extend the idea of ‘kin’ to people outside of the couple, and how this might allow us to live beyond the family to the benefit of all of us.


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"Your job, your union" campaign

The IWW's new 'Your Job, Your Union' campaign video is now live on social media...for the first steps towards a union in your workplace #OneBigUnion