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(en) US, THE ILWU MUST NOT BE BROKEN

From David Christian <dckomatlcom.net@mindspring.com>
Date Tue, 8 Oct 2002 02:18:13 -0400 (EDT)


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On Mon, 7 Oct 2002 14:52:57 -0400, "Brian Oliver Sheppard x349393"
<bakunin@anarcho.zzn.com> wrote:

The IWW recently passed the following resolution:
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THE ILWU MUST NOT BE BROKEN

The International Warehouse and Longshore Union (ILWU), the
dockworkers' union on the US and Canadian West Coast, is under attack
by international corporations and their government in Washington, DC.

Across the globe, from Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Korea, the
docks are being privatized and their labor casualized. The worldwide
union-busting project against longshore unions has finally come to
capitalism's heartland. This cannot be viewed as only an assault on
individual unions but a direct challenge to workers' power and the
small measures of economic democracy that flows from that power. The
business class will not be satisfied until the docks of the world,
perhaps the most critical point of distribution in a globalized
economy, are fully under their exclusive control.

The Bush regime has threatened to send federal troops into our ports.
While decrying the impasse in the bargaining, Bush plans only to
attack the ILWU. The threatened use of troops to break the ILWU will
have repercussions across the US and the world. It will truly shift
the ground on which all organized labor stands.

AN APPEAL TO LABOR

Working people cannot allow the ILWU to be broken. The IWW appeals to
world labor to organize against the onslaught by the business class,
its government and its media. The rank and file must take the lead to
make sure trade unions don't run away. No compromise in defense of the
working class: we cannot afford it.

AN APPEAL TO THOSE WHO OPPOSE GLOBALIZATION

The anti-globalist movement has a responsibility to support the ILWU
in this struggle. There is no other single event that poses the
questions of globalization, militarism, of corporate hegemony and a
working-class alternative as powerfully as this struggle at the docks.
A victory here will mean more than all the mass demos that have been
organized against the elites. A failure would be a historical defeat
for liberty, democracy, and workers' power. Your movement cannot
afford this loss and hope to survive, let alone to succeed.

The IWW also calls on all the foes of corporate globalization to rally
to the support of the ILWU. During the dirty wars in Central America,
the union refused to move war goods. The union stood in solidarity
with the masses against Apartheid by enforcing the boycott of South
African goods. During the N30 protests in Seattle, the ILWU shut down
the coast in protest of the assault on democratic rights and
liberties. The ILWU has carried out hundreds of actions in solidarity
with workers world wide.

IF THE ILWU IS PREVENTED FROM STRIKING

If ILWU dockers are replaced by the military, we urge dockers around
the world to refuse to work ships bound for/sailing to the US. We will
urge those in the military to refuse strikebreaking work. We call for
a working class boycott of American goods until the ILWU is fairly
back at work. We urge activists in the anti-globalization movement,
especially those on the US West Coast, to back the ILWU and to be
prepared to develop mass protests. We cannot allow the ILWU to be
broken!

An injury to one is an injury to all.

INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD


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Beware the Risen People, who will take what you would not give


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