"This is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor, in a sort of life, rather than a Monday-through-Friday sort of dying." -- Studs Terkel
Fear and anger are not enough to change the world. It's not enough to oppose. New Unionism is about unionists and activists working together to develop their own agendas, rather than just reacting to others'. It's about learning to contend for the steering wheel, rather than just the handbrake.
The first step is nothing new, nothing even particularly radical... it's about building relationships. Join us. Network.
Together, we can:
- share ideas and experiences;
- identify friends and allies;
- develop alternative visions;
- start democratizing workplaces;
- rejuvenate unionism 'from below';
- turn practice into theory, and back again .
Because the members are agreed on four key principles, we don't tend to get bogged down in tired old arguments. You'll find the atmosphere friendly and constructive.
As well as "solidarity networking", we also provide a starting point for those workers who can't join a union (or feel they can't). In particular, this includes members of the 'precariat' -- workers without security (eg part-timers, temps, freelancers, the unemployed, trainees). You can join us without being employed and without wrecking your budget.
Working people can use the network to draw upon an incredible depth of international knowledge and experience. Where else could you find a bunch of allies like this?
Union organizers and activists can use the network to organize across borders, developing contacts for projects and campaigns and staying in touch with international perspectives.
Labour-friendly academics can use the network as a forum to promote their work to a much broader audience. We will put your thoughts on labour in front of labour itself, rather than those with access to peer-reviewed journals.
There are deep changes under way in the labour movement at present. However, these changes will not be made for us -- they must be made by us. In a nutshell, that's why we want you to join.
|Okay, I can accept the general principles of new unionism: organizing, workplace democracy, creativity and internationalism (more) - and I'd like to take part in the network.