to rid ourselves of the profit driven exploitation and impoverishment of most working families and the wars they are persuaded to pay for with their taxes and their lives? The bells are now tolling louder than ever for the death of capitalism but what will it take to finally put it out of its agony?
It could well be an international revolutionary industrial action on the part of any one of several industry groups that has a big enough international work force to have the desired catastrophic impact on the ruling class and their global financial system, thereby motivating a broader international working class follow on response.
As a starting point, I will quote from a recent report prepared by Kumaran Ira for WSWS.org dated 9th June 2016 –
“From the beginning, the WSWS and the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in the United States intervened in the Verizon struggle to provide a political leadership to the strike. Opposing pseudo-left groups’ attempts to subordinate workers’ struggles to the corrupt union bureaucracies and the Democratic Party, the SEP called on workers to form rank-and-file committees independent of the unions in order to organise the struggle. It insisted that the critical issue was establishing the political independence of the working class and a struggle of the working class for socialism.
The WSWS Verizon Strike Newsletter was circulated and recirculated between thousands of strikers and looked at as the only publication that gave workers a voice and provided a strategy to break the isolation of the struggle. Hundreds of workers also took part in online discussions hosted by the WSWS.
The central question confronting the working class is the building of the revolutionary party based on Marxist program to provide a political leadership to the working class. It requires mobilizing the working class on an international scale independently from the unions and their pseudo-left allies. This is the main task advanced by the ICFI and the WSWS.”
A similar provision of revolutionary political information and leadership was provided by WSWS.org to striking US auto workers earlier during 2016.
Using the example of these recent industrial actions undertaken by US auto and communication workers, let us just imagine that following the political leadership of the ICFI program with direction from local SEP branch members and the daily pages of WSWS.org, a sufficiently large number of rank and file action committees are formed at or near their respective work places, within regional centres world wide. Within a matter of weeks following their formation, a network of international, independent, democratic rank and file committees of auto and communication workers are formed within their respective geographic regions, to unite and organise their industrial offensive. This they do according to a political program that is both independent of and hostile toward the capitalist ruling class and their industrial unions.
Using the theoretical example of a United International Auto and Communication Workers (UIACW) as a typically large industrial group, this is how such revolutionary industrial action could begin the serious struggle toward replacing global capitalism with an international socialism.
Day one (date to be announced).
- At the end of their shift on this pre-determined date, the UIACW as a whole hand in resignation notices to their employers en-masse.
World wide, all casual and permanent waged auto-workers quit their jobs having determined in advance never to re-apply for them. For the purpose of this exercise they are now referred to as the Independent United International Auto and Communication Workers (IUIACW).
- Members of the IUIACW continue to develop their local rank and file SEP committees and electing their representatives.
- Globally the auto industry comes to an overnight halt, attracting immediate world-wide attention that starts sending shock waves through all major stock exchanges and Governments.
- Crisis meetings are held by auto industry owners and their newly redundant union representatives.
- Other waged and salaried working classes, especially those within the relatively larger industrial groups start taking a keen interest in what amounts to breaking news of the single biggest voluntary withdrawal of productive force since the beginning of the industrial revolution.
- Stocks and shares in the auto industry start to fall sharply, dragging down several other major industrial sectors.
- Governments and industry leaders make all sorts of threats against the now unemployed, IUIACW and their SEP representatives.
- Rank and file local SEP committees of the IUIACW continue to inform, organise and prepare themselves for a period of prolonged unemployment and no wages.
- Other waged and salaried workers start to witness for the first time in their lives the potential revolutionary power that exists within the rank and file of the international work force.
- Stocks and shares in all the major manufacturing industries continue falling with those in the auto industry reaching new lows, causing several European exchanges to restrict trading on some industrial sectors, sending even more shock waves throughout global financial markets.
- Governments and industry leaders continue with threats that now include forcing the IUIACW back to work and or the hiring of new workers from the vast reserve army of the longer term unemployed.
The IUIACW expected and prepared themselves for such threats being made by Government and auto industry owners. Firstly the IUIACW had determined not to re-apply for their old jobs under any circumstances and secondly, they know it would take too long for the auto industry to employ and train a sufficient number of new relatively inexperienced workers in time to save the industry from a complete collapse.
- The IUIACW continues to be politically guided and informed through the leadership of their local SEP rank and file committees and daily reports on the WSWS.
- Other waged and salaried working classes take increasing notice of the impact the IUIACW is having on the global financial system and the now panic-stricken threats being issued by Governments and industrial owners. World wide, these other workers also start to understand why the threats of Government and owners are being regarded by the IUIACW and the SEP as ‘hollow’ threats.
- World wide stock exchanges continue to restrict trading in most industrial sectors and several European and Asian exchanges cease trading in all industrial sectors.
- Internationally Governments and key industry leaders hold emergency meetings to try to avoid the looming global financial crash and if possible save the auto industry.
- The IUIACW through the SEP and WSWS calls on the international waged and salaried working class to join them in the worlds one and only Marxist revolutionary socialist program. A program that within a matter of days has demonstrated it is has the necessary force to overthrow the ruling class and begin replacing their political power and profit system with an international socialism capable of meeting the economic and social needs of the international working class.
- Having already questioned the IUIACW/SEP as to why they quit their jobs rather than go on strike, other waged and salaried workers world-wide begin to see for themselves the empowerment of workers who become totally independent of their employers and their pseudo left unions.
Within a week we see the first signs of a developing Independent International United Working Class (IIUWC) being motivated by the revolutionary industrial action of the IUIAW and the political leadership of the SEP.
- All major stock exchanges stop trading fearing that the global economy is about to ‘crash beyond recovery’.
- Governments and industry owners fear the worst and invite representatives of the IUIACW to negotiate an international agreement for their return to work.
- During simultaneous press conferences held in key capital cities, the IUIACW/SEP representatives make it clear to a world-wide audience that they have absolutely no intention of returning to work under existing bourgeoisie governance and profit driven structures. At these same press conferences the IUIACW/SEP representatives also call on their fellow international working class to join them in their Marxist revolutionary socialist program to form an Independent International United Working Class (IIUWC) that is politically independent from all factions of the bourgeoisie owners of industry and their pseudo left unions.
- World wide, waged and salaried workers in all industrial sectors become more interested in and supportive of the IUIACW with a rapidly growing number of them organising and preparing to join forces with the IUIACW to form an IIUWC/SEP alliance.
- Another week, and another new world-wide political perspective beginning with the death of capitalism and the birth of international socialism.
Details yet to be imagined.
Robert (Taffy) Seaborne
2nd edit – Winter Soldstice 2016 .