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Troublemaking : Why You Should Organise Your Workplace

29.09.2023 : 19:00 - 20:00
Lighthouse Bookshop, 43 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB
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Lydia Hughes & Jamie Woodcock

Lydia Hughes and Jamie Woodcock will be joining us in the shop to discuss why there are no unorganisable workers, only workers yet to be organised.

There has been an explosion of organising among workers many assumed to be unorganisable, from delivery drivers in London to tech workers in Silicon Valley. The culmination of years of conversations on picket lines, in community centres, and in union offices, with workers in Britain, the US, India, Argentina, South Africa, Brazil, and across Europe, Troublemaking brings together lessons from around the world. Lydia Hughes and Jamie Woodcock draw a number of lessons about why organising at work is the first step in building another world. They put forward three principles for organising. First, the need for action. Struggles can change the world, but they also change people who go through them. Rather than using action as a last resort, we need action to build a movement. Second, the need to build the rank-and-file of unions. Power comes from organising at work, not in trusting others to do it on our behalf. Third, democracy matters in organising. This is not only about winning, but also developing the confidence to build another kind of world. This is not a "how to" guide, but a set of principles for the politics of organising.

An inspiring and compelling case for workplace organizing - and the radical politics we need to rebuild a powerful workers' movement.

Eric Blanc, author of Red State Revolt

"Troublemaking makes clear through real, lived examples in the book that we can learn from past workers' struggles and how looking at previous tactics and strategies can inform our actions today."

Sarah Woolley, General Secretary, Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union

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