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JRF2k
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Jun 22 2004 20:33
Organizing contractors.

Is there a way to organize a contractor union? The job I work I am a subcontractor of a contractor. I am afraid that if we should any organization they would fire all of us and just rehire from the people farm - that is the contracting company.

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JRF2k

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Jun 22 2004 20:38

Im sure someone will have some advice here... but might be worth asking SolFed or some one like them for advice... contacts are at http://www.enrager.net/britain/groups_feds.php

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Jun 22 2004 21:51

I don't know loads about employment law and industrial organising but I know they can't sack you for unionising. The best people on here to talk to would be Brizzul and Steve (I hope they don't mind me volunteering them but from past posts they seemed like pretty knowledgable people on it).

I'd recommend reading the Fighting to Win text on www.enrager.net/organise . Also, the Industrial Workers' of the World UK site probably has a fair few tips on organising => www.iww.org.uk

And like Rkn said, Solidarity Federation would probably be quite useful for stuff like this => www.solfed.org.uk

Anyway, good luck mate, this is one of the most worthwhile forms of activity any anarchist can get involved in. Hope it goes well for you.

red n black star Solidarity Forever,

The Union Gives Us Strength! red n black star

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Jun 22 2004 22:27
Ed wrote:
red n black star Solidarity Forever,

The Union Gives Us Strength!

red n black star

Aww thats so cute! grin tongue twisted

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Jun 23 2004 16:07

JRF2k, what do you mean by a 'contractor union'? Are you like a temp in an office sent by an agency?

As for forming a union you have two options. The first is to join an existing union and try to get them to help you organise your workplace. The advantage is that they will, hopefully, have some full timers who can offer advice, get leaflets done etc. The down side is that that is all they'll do. Don't expect them to fight for you.

The second option is more difficult and that is to set up you own union. The bosses probably won't recognise it though. That's harder because you have to start from scratch and do it yourself.

Whatever option any strength you have will come from those within your workplace. You can't depend on reformist unions to fight for you you'll have to depend on your own organised presence and the ability of you and your co-workers to stand together in enough numbers.

You'll have to see what the feeling is in your workplace and how much support you have. Be careful though because if the bosses get wind of it too soon they'll get rid of you one way or another.

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Jun 23 2004 16:15

Surely its best just to start off small, informal and 'unofficial' at the begining to test the waters... not even calling it a union... so the bosses dont get too edgy etc..?

Dont really know much about this but im just going on ideas wink

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Jun 23 2004 16:24

Exactly, just finding out is the first step. You could make demands etc without ever being a union. As I said the strength comes from within the workplace.