Resistance

Trade Unions and the Occupy Wall Street Movement

Trade Unions and the Occupy Wall Street Movement

The 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.

Building Progressive Alliances

Building Progressive Alliances

The 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.

The crisis and the future of the ESF

The crisis and the future of the ESF

The processes which started with the first World Social Forum in Porto Alegre in Brazil in January 2001 injected new energy into the broad left. After twenty years of neo-liberal globalisation, set-backs, pessimism and demobilisation on the left in many countries and areas, the social forums created new enthusiasm, new working methods, new mobilisations and new inspiration for hundreds of thousands of people.

Climate change and labour

Climate change and labour

Could the trade union movement benefit from measures to tackle climate change? By Asbjørn Wahl, National co-ordinator, Campain for the Welfare State

The Global Week of Action

Contribution by Asbjørn Wahl, national co-ordinator of the Campaign for the Welfare State, at a seminar at the 3rd European Social Forum, London, 15 October 2004.