The Industrial Union of Workers and Workers – Industrial Workers of the World (SITT-IWW) is a labor organization recognized in the history of the labor movement. Active uninterrupted manner since 1905, our activists members have even earned it a nickname : the Wobblies, or Wobs.
The Industrial Union of Workers and Workers union is open to all members of the working class, or that they are employee-es, unemployed, students with or retirees. The mission of the ISTC-IWW is to organize workplaces, industries and communities. We want to both improve our living conditions in the immediate, but also a world without bosses. A world in which the production and distribution will be managed and organized by the workers, so that the needs of the entire population are met rather than just those of a powerful minority of exploiters and owners.
How do we organize ?
Because SITT-IWW is a union managed and democratically controlled by the members activists, the decisions, directions and tactics to be implemented are decided by the workers directly involved es. We're organized, voluntary and voluntary basis, there is virtually no permanent employee-es-es. No more that & rsquo; it n & rsquo; there are wage or organizational hierarchies within our union, We want direct democracy !
Our union is called "industrial" because we we organize in this way. That is to say, we unite all the workers of a workplace rather than split by business. In this way, our forces are larger against the company's boss. On a larger scale, organize industrially is to unite with the workers working in the same economic production sector. It is thus an end to the rivalry between workers based on membership of companies that are competing and fighting against employers effectively to establish common working conditions in this sector of the economy.
So contrary to what you might think, we do not reserve our union activity and our membership as working class is commonly called « industries ». All and all members of the working class can be a member. for example, the unemployed, social assistance recipients, tenants, the students, workers and sex workers, Homeless, the homeless and incarcerated es-workers can be a member.
We are a union open to all workers and all workers, regardless if our union recognition of the right of representation or not in your workplace. We organize the workers and not the company. We recognize as well that unionism is not a matter of government certification or recognition by the employer, but union workers and workers around concerns and community issues. Sometimes it may mean to strike or to sign a contract. Sometimes this can mean to refuse to work with tools or a dangerous machine, or refuse to follow the instructions of the managers and bosses so that nothing lead. Sometimes it may mean to agitate around specific issues, claim something on a particular workplace or industry wide.
Where we are now-e-s ?
Since the foundation of IWW SITT-in 1905, we recognized the need to build a genuine international trade union movement to combat global power patterns and to strengthen the capacity and trend we entant as workers to unite in solidarity with our colleagues regardless of their background or their languages.
The SITT-IWW is present in several countries such as’Germany, l’England, l’Austria, l’Australia, the United States, the Norway and China. Furthermore, in the summer 2011 the Canadian branches have officially formed a Canadian Regional Organizing Committee, called CanROC, and currently represents Locals Winnipeg, Windsor, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Sherbrooke and Quebec, to leave more space bilingual English-French within the ISTC-IWW and greater organizational autonomy from the Headquarters based in Chicago.
A solidarity organization against repression
The history of our union was marked by state and employer repression. This is why there is now the Defense General Committee. In Canada, it is the Wobblies branch of & rsquo; Ottawa-Outaouais who & rsquo; founded and s & rsquo; occupy the Local 6 of this committee. This support group is the tool of the Pan-Canadian solidarity against repression and is open to both members and non-members of the IWW-SITT.
The activists of the Local 6 have been active in supporting “Seven Year Squatters” during the protests against the G8, supporting the physics teacher Denis Rancourt in its fight against the University of Ottawa and supporting the organizer of the Ottawa beggars' union, Andrew Nellis, against the City of Ottawa. Today they are in solidarity against the imprisonment of environmentalist Marie Mason following a campaign of the FBI and in solidarity with Alexandra Svoboda, who lost his leg after being brutalized by the Rhode Island Police.
Current campaign : Reclaim Your Payroll Compliance demands Ton!
We currently animate a campaign of solidarity with non-unionized workers called Workers Your calls Paye. If your boss pays your salary evil, that & rsquo; s it & rsquo; acts d & rsquo; a payment delays, time unpaid labor, d & rsquo; a difficulty in getting your 4% Or other, we will help you to pressure your employer until you get what rightfully yours.
Become a member
There are different ways to get involved in ISTC-IWW. Union members have to tell them that we hold individuals and not the workplace. This means that you can become a member, even if the union is not yet implemented in your workplace, is to eventually bring your colleagues to build it with you and improve your working conditions, either to campaign in any of the committees of the Local and help other workers to organize.
You can also join the union group, to launch you into an organizing campaign, benefit from the experience and the solidarity of other members while giving them the benefit of your. So in a mutual exchange you build your local union while helping others to build theirs.
Finally, the SITT-unionized IWW also the self-employed, sole proprietors and cooperatives. In this way, you will join a growing network of activists and insert your project in an ideal and a united and revolutionary practice.
To help us, ask for help or get information to become a member, take contact with us!