Uniting our struggles: Building a New Mass Movement
ILRIG has been hosting the School since 2001. Over that time we can discern three phases.
In the first Phase we were trying to unmask globalisation to a movement which then largely consisted of older activists who looked to the Tripartite Alliance for its politics. Within this movement ILRIG considered that it was possible to develop critical thinking within COSATU and that focusing on Globalisation was a vehicle to understand the major changes that had happened to capitalism globally since the 1980s, including the ANC’s adoption of neoliberalism.
Organising in the period of Neo liberalism
22 September to 27 September 2013
Ritz Hotel, Sea Point, Cape Town
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September sees the hosting of our 2013 annual globalisation school. ILRIG has been hosting its globalisation school since 2002. Activists from a wide range of organisations, including social movements and trade unions throughout Africa are invited to apply.
In South Africa after Marikana there has been an ongoing strike wave - from the platinum province, to the 2012 farm workers’ strikes in De Doorns, to the wildcat strikes in 2013.
A common feature of these strikes was that they were led and driven by self-organised workers’ committees – in defiance of the existing unions and of signed collective agreements made with these unions.
These strikes have joined the wave of community protests that have continued all over South Africa since the early 2000s. Something is stirring from below …the seeds of a new movement are possibly being planted.
Neo liberalism has not only been about privatisation and global speculation. It has also been about restructuring work and home. Today casualisation, outsourcing, work from home, labour brokers and other forms of informalisation have become the dominant form of work and shackdwelling the mode of existence of the working class. The latter is in direct proportion to the withdrawal of the state from providing housing and associated services.
New Forms of Organising: Challenges and Possibilities for movements after Marikana
26 and 27 April 2013
The April Conference is an annual gathering of about 100 activists and a space for activists and analysts in South Africa to debate contemporary challenges facing the trade unions and social movements in South Africa, and elsewhere.
In April 2013 ILRIG will be hosting a special conference of the new strike committees and other self-organised initiatives which have emerged after 2012’s Marikana massacre together with activists who have been involved in the ongoing community protests of the last 10 years.
Capitalist Crisis and Political Power
30 September to 5 October 2012
Ritz Hotel, SeaPoint, Cape Town
Tel 021 447 6375 • www.ilrig.org
September sees the hosting of our 2012 annual globalisation school. ILRIG has been hosting its globalisation school since 2002. Activists from a wide range of organisations, including social movements and trade unions throughout Africa are invited to apply.
Globally the crisis of capitalism has deepened in 2012 – with Europe at the centre of a debt crisis prompted both by the bailouts of the 2009-2010 phase and the terms of the setting up of the EU as a unity of countries having very different levels of capitalist development.
While the core countries such a Germany have been able to suppress real wage levels and generate large current account surpluses by becoming the world’s biggest export economy; countries in the South were reliant on EU grants and selling bonds to offset being net importers. These countries on the European periphery – Greece, Portugal, Italy, Spain – are today the focus of attacks to retrieve the pound of flesh desired by big bond holder banks in Germany and France. There is no solution to this debt crisis but it is clear that Germany is also using the crisis to restructure the EU more explicitly under tight EU (read German) control – taking over political decision-making of the countries in debt.