working class

Anti-Lockdown Protests and Working-Class Activity in Australia

As this statement is being written the number of active COVID-19 cases in Australia currently stands at just over 23,000, with New South Wales and Victoria accounting for the bulk of that. Between the two states, cases are averaging around 2,000 per day. The number of deaths is now nearing 1,400 since the beginning of the pandemic and almost 300 people are in the ICU. New South Wales has been in lockdown since the end of June and Victoria since the start of August. Nationwide, a little over 58% of people over 16 are now doubly vaccinated.

Minor Threats And Attacks – 45 years of political experience in India

The Working Class Response

As we said in the last issue of Aurora, bosses are seizing advantage of increasing unemployment to reduce ‘labour costs’. It is encouraging to see a growing number of workers refusing to take this lying down.

China: Neijuan - New Wildcat article

We translated this new Wildcat article, written by a comrade who has been living in China for a while. Click here for the original article.

Green Syndicalism in the Arctic

Inspirational action showing the power of Indigenous land defense and how solidarity can be manifest in significant ways in contexts where companies are working to sow divisions between resource workers and Indigenous communities. A powerful response to those who claim that the interests of resource workers will leave them somehow fundamentally opposed to Indigenous land struggles.

Pipelines, Pandemics and Capital’s Death Cult: A Green Syndicalist View

Sign saying, Call off the RCMP, We Stand on Stolen Land

Covid outbreaks at extractives industry sites bring together shared interests and concerns of the diverse working class—blue collar and white collar workers in various industries, Indigenous people, including site workers. This provides a green syndicalist analysis of these issues and convergence points of resistance.

"We the Workers": China Behind the Scenes

Review of the documentary “We the Workers” (2017), directed by Wenhai Huang.

Bows and Arrows: Indigenous Workers, IWW Local 526, and Syndicalism on the Vancouver Docks

The first union on the waterfront of so-called Vancouver was organized by Indigenous workers, mostly Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh. And it was organized on an explicitly syndicalist basis as Local 526 of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), which would become known as the Bows and Arrows. The Bows and Arrows took an active, politically militant approach with a commitment to Indigenous solidarity and organized on a multicultural/multiracial foundation of class solidarity.

No Future Without a Fight

Back in 2012 the concept of a "graduate without a future" briefly entered the zeitgeist. Paul Mason was among its key proponents, finding a commonality between the Arab Spring, the anti-austerity movement in Greece and the student protests in the UK: a social strata of young educated people with no prospects who became the driving force of opposition to the "system".

The social factory / falling wall review #5 - Cleveland Modern Times Group

Falling Wall Review #5, UK, 1976. Rare pamphlet from Falling Wall Press, publisher of Marxist feminists such as Selma James and Silvia Federici. Issue includes The Social Factory statement from Cleveland Modern Times Group and writing from Silvia Federici among others.