Why unions are good — But not good enough

Wednesday 7th of October 2020 from 6.00PM till 7.30PM in Public Service House, 11 Aurora Terrace, Wellington. Please meet outside the building at 6PM sharp.

For socialists, unions are paradoxical organizations. On the one hand, unions are essential for creating a workers’ organization that can oppose capital and challenge it for power. But they are also an insufficient vehicle for mobilizing those workers to transform the world.

Required reading

This session will be convened by Alastair James and the required reading is the following Jacobin article.

Eidlen, B. (June, 2020). Why unions are good — But not good enough. Jacobin.

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Questions to consider

Questions for the next meeting of the Little Red Reading Group:

First, to what degree do unions simply reflect existing relations of production and class struggle, or actively shape those relations?

Second, if unions actively shape class struggle, why and under what conditions do they enhance or inhibit it?

Third, how do unions shape class identities, and how does this affect unions’ scope of action?

Fourth, what is the relation between unions and politics?