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Trade Unions in the Epoch of Imperialist Decay: Featuring Trade Unions: Their Past, Present, and Future by Karl Marx
     

Trade Unions in the Epoch of Imperialist Decay: Featuring Trade Unions: Their Past, Present, and Future by Karl Marx

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by Leon Trotsky, Farrell Dobbs, Karl Marx
 
Food for thought—and action—from leaders of three generations of the modern revolutionary workers movement. Invaluable to the practical education of militant workers who are relearning today what a strike is and how it can be fought and won—militants who, in the course of such struggles, become interested in ideas of fellow unionists about how the

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Food for thought—and action—from leaders of three generations of the modern revolutionary workers movement. Invaluable to the practical education of militant workers who are relearning today what a strike is and how it can be fought and won—militants who, in the course of such struggles, become interested in ideas of fellow unionists about how the entire system of capitalist exploitation can be ended.



"Relevance to events of today is remarkable. . . . An exceptional book that should be read by everyone who abhors and recognises the evils of capitalism and recognises the vital necessity of a strong, honest and disciplined trade union movement."—Jock Barnes, veteran New Zealand trade union leader




Introduction by Farrell Dobbs, photos, notes, glossary, index. Now with enlarged type

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This volume collects essays by prominent communist theoretician Leon Trotsky on the role of trade unions in capitalism and its overthrow that were written between 1920 and 1940, as well as a prologue, "Trade Unions: Their Past, Present and Future," written by Karl Marx and adopted by the 1866 congress of the First International Working Men's Association. The essays are organized into two sections, the first of which examines problems of trade union strategy and tactics and consists of essays primarily written in the 1930s and the second of which is primarily concerned with countering anarcho-syndicalist tendencies within the trade union movement and consists of essays primarily written in the decade prior. Each section also includes a preface by Farrell Dobbs, a prominent historical figure of the Socialist Workers Party in the United States. This is a paperbound edition of a work first published in 1969. (Annotation ©2011 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)

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This volume collects essays by prominent communist theoretician Leon Trotsky on the role of trade unions in capitalism and its overthrow that were written between 1920 and 1940, as well as a prologue, "Trade Unions: Their Past, Present and Future," written by Karl Marx and adopted by the 1866 congress of the First International Working Men's Association. The essays are organized into two sections, the first of which examines problems of trade union strategy and tactics and consists of essays primarily written in the 1930s and the second of which is primarily concerned with countering anarcho-syndicalist tendencies within the trade union movement and consists of essays primarily written in the decade prior. Each section also includes a preface by Farrell Dobbs, a prominent historical figure of the Socialist Workers Party in the United States. This is a paperbound edition of a work first published in 1969.

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ISBN-13:
9780873485838
Publisher:
Pathfinder Press GA
Publication date:
09/01/1990
Pages:
205
Product dimensions:
5.21(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.41(d)

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Trade Unions in the Epoch of Imperialist Decay: Featuring Trade Unions: Their Past, Present, and Future by Karl Marx 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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The tools we have and the tools we need, October 1, 2004 Reviewer: Tony Thomas (North Miami, FL USA) - See all my reviews Hundreds of thousands of workers across China are on strike today, in Utah unorganized coal miners, mostly immigrants from Mexico and other parts of Latin America, are forcing the coal bosses to recognize new fighting locals of the UMWA, in a body armor factor in Fort Lauderdale near where I live, friends of mine have been involved with fights to join unions. Where I sit and type now, my union job provides me some kind of health care, but I know the bureaucrats who sit on top of it have nothing in common with the fighting workers of China, Utah, or Fort Lauderdale. This is one of Trotsky's last works, written in Mexico in 1940s, to analyze the position of unions as reformist governments like Cardenas's PRI in Mexico and Roosevelt's New Deal attempted to involve the union bureaucracies and union structures as reformist obstacles to workers struggles for workers rights, against the war drive that led to WWII, and for Mexico's independent from imperialist countries like Britain and the United States. Trotsky's analysis here is precise, incisive, and scientific, and more useful today that it was in 1940. The unions must be transformed from organizations that seek only a few priviledges for their members, to fighting units of the fight of all working people. One examples is health care. The incorporation of the union bureaucrats after WWII, led to their dropping the real fight in the US for quality free public health care for all to negotiating contracts for only their members, and now for fewer and fewer union members. As the unions backed off from being fighting organizations for all of working people, all of the oppressed, they have become easier for the capitalists to pick off, and weaken, fewer and fewer workers now have unions, and the hold of the self serving bureaucrats who sit atop the unions trying to live the life style of the bosses seems complete. Yet, unions were built by and large by fighting workers in struggle, often as a result of broader struggles of farmers and oppressed nationalities. My own union in the Miami Transit system was built as a reflection of the civil rights struggle in this city in the 1960s that mobilized bus drivers and non skilled workers This is the perspective the growing crisis of war and economic crisis that plagues not only the US but the entire capitalist world holds. Struggles to return the trade unions to the fight of all working people, battles with the union bureaucrats to bring the unions to a political movement to replace the government of the bosses with a government of workers and farmers.
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While trade unions in the United States continue to weaken as the 21st century opens, a relentless offensive by the employers and the government against wages and working conditions is forcing a small but growing layer of workers from meat packers across the Midwest, to garment workers in a war production plant in Broward County, FL, to miners in the coal fields of Utah to relearn why trade unions need to be organized where they don't exist, and defended where they do. These workers are learning how a strike can be fought, how to reach out for solidarity and extend it to others, and how a strike can be won. Through involvement in such struggles, they are becoming interested in ideas about how the entire system of exploitation can be changed. They become open to bolder perspectives. Fighters like these will be hungry for the lessons presented by revolutionary leaders of three generations of the modern working-class movement found in this new edition of Trade Unions in the Epoch of Imperialist Decay from Pathfinder Press. The book begins with Karl Marx's 1866 document 'Trade Unions: Their Past, Present, and Future.' The other major piece is 'Trade Unions in the Epoch of Imperialist Decay,' one of the last articles written by Russian revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky before he was assassinated in 1940 during his exile in Mexico by orders of Stalin. Farrell Dobbs, who was a militant leader of the historic 1934 Teamster strikes that built union power in the trucking industry across the Midwest and then became a central leader of the Socialist Workers Party until his death in 1983, contributed valuable prefatory material. Along with this, Pathfinder continues its high standard of including an introduction, notes, photo spreads, glossary, and index to make this material highly accessible to contemporary readers.