Decisions of the 1st General Assembly of the Syndiclaist Solidarity Network


Solidarity Magazine

Solidarity magazine is the main publication of the Federation and at present is published twice yearly.

A three person editorial collective is elected at each General Assembly. The editorial collective is charged with the production of the magazine, commissioning and compiling of articles, and editing the publication.

All members are free to send articles for publication. Articles from the wider labour movement are welcome and are to be encouraged. Such articles should be signed by the author. A pen name may be used but Solidarity magazine must be supplied with a correct name and address.

Through Solidarity magazine we are aiming to promote discussion and debate in the broader labour movement, to encourage the direct involvement of workers in that movement, to promote workers control of their struggles and to help build meaningful solidarity across the labour movement.

Support for workers in struggle and promotion of Revolutionary Syndicalist forms of organising and methods of resistance are central to Solidarity magazine.

Cards are to be produced containing contact information for Solidarity magazine, which can be given to workers, shop stewards etc., being interviewed or providing a story for the magazine.

Locals/Industrial Branches should submit at least one article per issue.

The International Secretary should submit at least one article of international interest per issue.

The deadline will be announced through the Internal Bulletin at least a month prior to publication.

Website

The Syndicalist Solidarity Network regards the Internet as a valuable media tool and form of communication, and is committed to establishing a website before our second General Assembly.

Other Propaganda

Within our current financial limitations the Syndicalist Solidarity Network is resolved to produce the following additional propaganda:

i) A series of stickers, including both a northern and a southern contact address and an email address. ii) Our Aims & Principles and Constitution, together with decisions of our first General Assembly. iii) An Educational Pack on Northern and Southern Industrial Legislation. iv) What is a Union, an Introduction to Anarcho-Syndicalism.

The Syndicalist Solidarity Network is also to take on the task of transferring archive Organise! - IWA material onto the Internet as a record of their Anarcho-Syndicalist activities and propaganda.

Relations with Left-wing and Libertarian Groups in Ireland

While there exist insurmountable ideological and organisational differences which bring us into conflict with the various shades of the authoritarian left we must acknowledge that the day to day realities of the class struggle set us sometimes on common ground in opposition to a common foe.

We will from time to time work together with authoritarian left-wing parties and organisations on specific campaigns. We stress the importance of maintaining a separate and distinct identity throughout any such joint campaigns while demanding that they have real democratic structures and are run on a libertarian basis. This precludes campaigns which are in reality nothing more than fronts for any such parties or organisations.

We acknowledge other groups in Ireland who are part of a broad libertarian tradition and who work in a libertarian manner. While acknowledging principled differences between ourselves and these groups we believe that constructive co-operation and mutual aid are both desirable and necessary.

International Matters

We do not recognise any political or geographic borders - the working class exists, as a class, the world over.

We shall communicate, and work, with other non-bureaucratic organisations internationally. Particularly those of a Revolutionary or Anarcho-Syndicalist tradition, and other organisations of a libertarian nature.

Only the membership, through our General Assembly or by means of a referendum, can decide whether or not we sign any international accord, statement or other such document.

We regard the IWA/AIT as the only Anarcho-Syndicalist international and are opposed to the creation of a second international. While seeking to maintain friendly and comradely relations with the IWA/AIT we refuse to be drawn into any internal IWA/AIT matter.

We do not seek, at present, to affiliate to any international organisation.

Participation in any international gatherings relevant to our organisation should be discussed at the General Assembly and delegates mandated. In cases where there is a lack of prior notice such decisions can be accommodated through the Internal Bulletin or via email discussion.

We believe in building effective solidarity across the globe, starting initially with organisations located in areas, where for historic reasons, we have to fight the same bosses and the 'same' state.

We are opposed to all the institutions of global capitalism, including the WTO, the IMF, World Bank, etc.

May Day 2001

We are resolved to working towards a series of events in Belfast to mark the May Day 2001 celebrations under the Reclaim May Day theme. Subsequent May Days should be mobilised for in other Irish cities.

As part of the celebrations we should organise a Syndicalist/libertarian contingent on the Trades Union parade, including a banner to be designed and created for the Federation as a whole.

Included as part of these events should be a 'Workers Film Festival', public meetings, including a talk on the meaning of May Day, and if possible the putting on of the play, originally by Bradford 1 in 12 club about the Haymarket events.

As this is a major project a collective consisting of 3 members of the Syndicalist Solidarity Network has been established to co-ordinate the tasks involved.

It is proposed that we invite the WSM, and libertarian and syndicalist comrades from England, Scotland and Wales to attend the 2001 May Day parade and our events in Belfast.

Banner

A banner is to be commissioned for the Federation. A special appeal for money towards the banner is to be made through the Internal Bulletin. Locals are responsible for making their own banners.

Defence Of Class Struggle Activists

We support the right of all working class militants, organisers and activists who take personal risks in order to defend our gains to live their lives free from harassment, persecution and attack at the hands of the employers and their parasitic hirelings. We recognise that capitalism will stop at nothing to punish those who confront it. We are determined to provide sufficient means to defend our fellow workers against such attack and to use our power as workers to force an end to the bosses' provocation' s. An injury to one is an injury to all!

Against Fascism And War

We recognise and remember the pivotal and heroic role that was played in the struggle against fascism and war by workers historically. We are determined to continue their valiant fight against fascism until we have achieved its final extinction from the earth, and we pledge the last drop of our sweat and blood if necessary to this righteous purpose. We commit ourselves to waging an unrelenting struggle against imperialist wars in which workers kill workers to increase capitalist profits. And we promise, with all the nerve, vitality and tenacity we possess, to do our duty as troops in the only battle worth contesting: the class war to abolish capitalist tyranny.

Work and Childcare.

In order to facilitate the maximum access to employment for parents, particularly single parents, the Syndicalist Solidarity Network supports calls, in the short term, for employers to provide childcare facilities (in the form of crèches etc.) for workers. In the long term however we see child care provision as part of the role of an independent and increasingly self sufficient syndicalist union and we pledge ourselves to that goal.

Women in the Workplace and in Society.

The Syndicalist Solidarity Network has established a commission to examine the current status of women, within the workplace and Irish society as a whole, both north and south. Said commission is to be in a position to present proposals for policy to the next General Assembly of the Syndicalist Solidarity Network.

Ireland: Partition, Nationalism and Class.

1) We are opposed to all forms of nationalism, be that the British nationalism of Loyalism and Unionism, Irish nationalism or the Ulster nationalist current evident within Loyalism.

2) All have central to their ideologies the nationalist myth that people in an arbitrarily drawn up nation (be it based on an island, region, language, 'culture', or religion, or any combination of these and other elements), have common interests which can be represented by the nation state. The nation state is in effect the government over the majority, the working class, by the wealthy few. The interests of the working class and those who hold power, the bosses and their lackeys, have no common interests.

3) This is not to deny cultural and ethnic diversity, which when given free expression and is encouraged in its development adds to the rich tapestry of life.

4) We are opposed to the communal politics of the north which identifies the advance of one community as being at the expense of the other. We are opposed to all forms of sectarianism, institutional and otherwise.

5) Government, no matter in whose name, no matter what jurisdictional boundaries it acts within, whether United Kingdom, the Irish Republic or Northern Ireland, offers no alternative for our class.

6) Our class exists economically as a class, we have nothing in common with the wealthy and powerful of the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom or for that matter the rest of the world. We must organise economically as a class to pursue our interests as only we can. The only unity we aspire towards is class unity in opposition to all bosses and states.

Phone/fax line

£100 is to be allocated to purchase a fax and telephone answer machine for the Syndicalist Solidarity Network. The Syndicalist Solidarity Network are to take on the maintenance of a phone line, when free Internet access is secured, in Belfast.

 

 


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