I wouldn’t start from here: more thoughts on social strikes and directional demands

More thoughts on the increasingly global conversation about the social strike and directional demands

Cautiously pessimistic

From https://cbmilstein.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/manifest-your-dreams-montreal-prelude-to-night-73-in-c-minor/

The ongoing debate started by Keir Milburn’s article about social strikes and directional demands, and continued by useful contributions from the Angry Workers of the World collective and now Australian blogger withsobersenses, is highly recommended reading for anyone interested in strategic thinking about how to come up with a plan to get out of the mess we’re in. (In a refreshing change from the normal rule of “never read below the line”, the discussion in the comments on the withsobersenses piece is also really interesting and thoughtful). As a small contribution to the debate, I’ve typed up a few notes on the two concepts inspired by reading all three pieces:

On social strikes:

I think one of the strengths of this idea is that, if approached correctly, it can be used to shift focus back onto our immediate conditions as a starting point – not “lobby the TUC…

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