The “just-in-time” parts delivery system, first introduced to undermine the position of workers, has made the auto industry vulnerable to strategic strikes.
The World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Parties are assisting workers everywhere in the building of an interconnected network of rank-and-file committees to organize a united counter-offensive against inequality, exploitation and the homicidal response of the ruling class to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are now rank-and-file committees of autoworkers, educators, Amazon and logistics workers, postal workers, and city bus drivers.
Contact us now to join a committee. If there is not already a committee in your workplace, industry or region, we will help you start one.
Educators and parents must unite in Washington state to close the schools, end the pandemic, and save lives!
We have established this committee to oppose the dangerous and unsafe school reopenings in Washington. We aim to be a rallying point for educators, parents and all workers throughout the Pacific Northwest region.
A meeting of postal workers yesterday passed a resolution condemning the anti-democratic laws and called on workers to join the SEP as electoral members.
We demand the immediate implementation of a strategy to eradicate COVID-19, which requires the halting of all in-person instruction along with the strongest public health measures necessary to end this deadly pandemic.
Tortilla factory workers at El Milagro in Chicago walked out Thursday to protest speedups, COVID-19 exposure, low wage and other issues.
More than 8,000 train drivers, guards and other workers are engaged in industrial action against the state-owned rail companies.
IATSE called for a strike authorization vote while tens of thousands of entertainment workers operate in increasingly unsafe working conditions.
The Socialist Equality Party and the World Socialist Web Site call for maximum support by workers for the proposal of British parent Lisa Diaz for a school strike on Friday, October 1.
“Rank-and-file” is originally a military term. It refers to the lower “ranks” of soldiers, who literally stand in lines or “files”. These soldiers have a different set of interests in preserving their lives than the officers or “brass” who prosecute the wars on behalf of the ruling elite.
Rank-and-file committees are of, by and for the rank-and-file workers, who have a different set of interests in preserving their lives than management, the bosses, the politicians, and the trade union apparatus, who send workers to die while defending the profits of the ruling elite.
Yes. The formation of rank-and-file committees is 100% completely legal under the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
The right to freedom of speech means you can say whatever you like about what you agree or disagree with. Freedom of association, also covered under the first amendment, means you have the right to associate with others who share your views, for political ends. You also have the right to petition the government for redress, to make demands on the government and tell them what you want them to do.
No. HIPAA has an exception for disclosures to prevent and control the spread of disease, but the state is deliberately not invoking this exception in order to conceal information from workers, so that they can pretend that what they are doing is safe when it’s not.
Rank-and-file educators have the right to know who’s gotten sick, where, when, and what happened. Rank-and-file committees have to demand this information, and have to share it with other workers as a matter of collective self defense.