Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in Scotland. We are formed of two branches, Clydeside and Edinburgh.
The IWW is a union that believes in 3 key principles: Democracy, Solidarity and Direct Action. We build our strength through organising our fellow workers to fight against the bosses.
If you’re tired of the reformist unions, tired of terrible working conditions then join the IWW today and get organising.
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On Saturday 7th November, Clydeside IWW members gathered on Great Western Road to draw attention to poor conditions for shopworkers in retail establishments in Glasgow. The campaign started when employees at the Glasgow Vintage Company got organised following cuts to … Continue reading
Members of the Garment workers union in Bangladesh owed wages & benefits started an indefinite siege of the factory owner’s house from the 30th of August. A hunger march had been held. The Garment workers are linked to the International Confederation … Continue reading
How to make minorities feel unwelcome at your event: A fellow worker writes about their experiences communicating with organisers of a local protest
How to make minorities feel unwelcome at your event: A fellow worker writes about their experiences communicating with organisers of a local protest.I was recently speaking to a Fellow Worker (another member of the union) about the events in the US and how we can best be supportive. The FW asked me if I’ll be attending any of the protest being held in support of the uprising. I explained that I live in a small town in the south of Scotland and I highly doubt that any would be organized. Suddenly, Lo and behold! I came across an FB event calling for exactly that, a solidarity protest in our small-town centre! I was excited, happy that I would be able to express my support.Taking a quick look at the organizers, I realized they were all white. I thought to myself, that’s fine, it’s a small town, white majority (a massive understatement), so I was happy that someone was taking the initiative to organize this and invited some friends to tag along. The event description also mentioned that they are open for suggestions and input, so it seemed that they were willing to listen to actual people of colour and provide them a safe space to express themselves.What followed, however, and unfortunately, was a series of perfect examples of how not to organize a solidarity event or deal with feedback from minorities.
Our solidarity has to go beyond mourning 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. … Continue reading
Beginnings are always the hardest. Like the blank sheet for the writer, the beginning is a challenge, it is uncertainty – and tackling it always requires a dose of reflection and bravery. Taking the first step is essential and encouraging. … Continue reading