Comrades and friends By now you’re home from the glorious sunshine of Barnsley, and the even warmer atmosphere of the International Summer School. We made new connections, learnt more about the world, connected our struggles together and forged new lin …
Comrades and friends
By now you’re home from the glorious sunshine of Barnsley, and the even warmer atmosphere of the International Summer School.
We made new connections, learnt more about the world, connected our struggles together and forged new links of solidarity. We sang and danced together, in the best traditions of the labour movement. Some of us might even have shared a beer.
At the summer school we heard from activists who are at the coalface of the most pressing issues our movement faces: this is cutting edge trade unionism. We left inspired by the knowledge that there are people out there who think like us, who struggle with us, who will stand with us in solidarity to build a world of justice, fairness and dignity.
It is very important to keep this momentum. The summer school is not just an event at a castle in a green field in England – it’s movement building.
We need to stay in touch. At USi we will do so, sending you occasional messages that are relevant to our movement. The Global Labour Institute will contact you directly too.
But this is not just about us broadcasting: we need to communicate with each other, and build and maintain a network of activists. So please be in touch with any important campaigns and stories you want us to share.
In the meantime, here are some of the resources to help remind you of what a brilliant conference it was. There is a huge amount of inspiring content here: please use it, share it, and spread the knowledge.
The plenary sessions were filmed and live streamed, and they are all available at this playlist. We have more unedited footage too, and we hope to add that soon.
There is a page for each session that was live streamed. The page includes a video of the event, the slides, a reading list, some images of the speakers, and where possible a transcript or some text of the talk.
If you participated in one of these sessions and feel that information is missing, please get in touch and we will add it.
- #ISS14: The International Trade Union Movement
- #ISS14: Capitalism, Anti-Capitalism and the Trade Union Movement
- #ISS14: The Fall and Rise of Labour?
- #ISS14: The Long March of Chinese Labour
- #ISS14: Politics, Organisation and Education
- #ISS14: Organising Informal and Precarious Workers
- #ISS14: The Slow Death of the Socialist International
- #ISS14: Union-Party Relationships: Stay together for the sake of the children or get a divorce?
- #ISS14: Unions, Climate Change and the Great Inaction
- #ISS14: The political vision and strategy of the international trade union movement
- #ISS14: Are we socialists, and what do we mean by “socialism”?
- #ISS14: Question Time: live discussion with Sharan Burrow, ITUC
Blogs and articles
In addition to the recorded sessions, some of the speakers submitted articles covering their talks. Many of the plenary sessions were also summarised by the rapporteurs. You can find them here:
- The Slow Death of the Socialist International – by Dan Gallin
- How do we revive the global union movement? – by Josiah Mortimer
- The radical is now the practical – by Alex Wood
- We must question everything in order to organise precarious workers – by Alex Wood
- ‘Democratic, libertarian, revolutionary’ – socialist unionism under neoliberalism – by Josiah Mortimer
- Stay Together for the Kids or Divorce? Unions and Social Democratic Parties – by Josiah Mortimer
- Chinese workers are not passive victims of repression – by Alex Wood
- The Long March of Chinese Labour – by Zhang Lingji
- Post-Marikana militancy from South African rank and file – by Terry Bell
- Public services under attack – international austerity and the fight-back – by Josiah Mortimer
- How workers can win – by Josiah Mortimer
- The secret war on workers in Asia – by Josiah Mortimer
- Capitalism, anti-capitalism and the trade union movement – reviving labour amid crisis – by Josiah Mortimer
- Dave Spooner at #ISS14: ‘A Starter Kit for International Trade Unionists’ – by Josiah Mortimer
- International Summer School 2014 Begins – Welcome! – by Dave Spooner
All presentations from the session are available for you to view online or download here.
The are some pictures from the event on the USi Instagram account. There are also pictures at this Google Drive folder. We’re still collecting pictures from people, so if you have some, please upload them directly to that folder, or contact us if you want to share them another way.
Finally, because we are trying to reach a wider audience, we have had some of the articles translated into Chinese. If you would like to submit a translation into another language, that would be very welcome!
Have we missed something? Let us know.
And finally – please share this with your friends and comrades, so that the lessons of this great event spread far and wide and revitalise our movement.
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