A broad alliance for the welfare state

The up-building and development of the public sector and a comprehensive welfare state have been one of the most important instruments in order to achieve the equal distribution of wealth which we have achieved in Norway.

In September 1999 in Norway, a broad alliance of trade unions was established in order to strengthen the struggle against privatisation, deregulation and market liberalism - for a strong public sector. It was named «Campaign for the Welfare State», and the six unions involved represented all together near half a million members (there are 4,5 million inhabitants in Norway). A year later, another 20 national organisations have joined the alliance, almost doubling the number of members. The alliance is no longer limited to the trade union movement. Among the new affiliates we find user organisations, student organisations, retired peoples association, farmers and small-holders unions etc.

Brexit and the crisis on the left

Brexit and the crisis on the leftThe British majority in favour of leaving the EU (Brexit) was surprising, even shocking, to many. The discussion runs high on both the result and the causes. The confusion seems to be extraordinary high on the left, in Britain as in the rest of Europe. In reality, the result of the referendum reflects an EU in existential crisis, while the discussion reflects a left in deep political and ideological crisis. Les mer

The Climate Struggle – a Struggle for Social Power

Global warming is not just a question of what might happen in the future. The process is already underway, and the consequences can be catastrophic. There is broad consensus among scientists (the UNIPCC), that global warming is man-made, and that the main cause is the use of fossil fuels. Read the full statement

Trade Unions and the Occupy Wall Street Movement

Trade Unions and the Occupy Wall Street MovementThe OWS movement has succeeded in bringing the issues of concentrated wealth, inequality, and the threat that oligarchy poses to democracy to public attention in the United States in a way that the labor movement has been unable to do on its own or even in coalition for decades. Les mer

Platform for the Welfare Conference 2012

Platform for the Welfare Conference 2012Redistribution of wealth – a question of social power: All over the world people are struggling on how resources and wealth should be distributed in society. People are seeking security and safety for themselves and their loved ones – in a struggle against strong economic and political interests. The distribution of wealth is closely related to democracy, taxation and the existence of universal public services accessible to everybody. Fundamentally, it is a question of distribution of economic and political power. Les mer

Building Progressive Alliances

Building Progressive AlliancesThe social conflict in Europe has intensified strongly over the past couple of years, in the wake of the financial crisis. The labour and trade union movement has been on the defensive ever since the neoliberal offensive started around 1980. The balance of power in our societies has thus shifted enormously over the past 30 years – from labour to capital, from democracy to market forces. Time is ripe, therefore, to fight back, to build broad social alliances and to reassess our strategies and tactics. Les mer